Remembrance ceremony for Bear River Massacre on Thursday

In this Jan. 29, 2010 photo, the National Historic Landmark where the Northwestern Shoshone suffered a massacre in 1863 is seen near Preston, Idaho. Tribal members descend each year to the burial ground near the Bear River where soldiers felled hundreds of their ancestors in one of American history's bloodiest but little remembered massacres. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner)

There will be a remembrance ceremony Thursday, January 29 three miles northwest of Preston, Idaho and the gathering will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the attack on a Shoshone Indian encampment by U.S. Army cavalry where almost 500 men,women and children were killed.

Patty Timbimboo-Madsen, Library Coordinator for the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, invites the public to the ceremony at the site of the Bear River Massacre which starts at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Madsen says the annual commemoration is to make sure those killed by Col. Patrick Edward Connor and his soldiers are not forgotten.

Growing up with her Shoshone parents, Madsen has heard the story many times.

“It is our place to remember these people,” explains Madsen. “I certainly feel like in any history of any people where war has taken place, a massacre of a people–no matter who they were–that they should be remembered. I think that’s what we need to do for them now.”

Madsen has spent most of her professional life working for the Department of Interior, especially in Indian affairs. She is hoping a lot of people will attend the commemoration.

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