Map of the Rocky Mountain Region Showing Forest Areas and Irrigation Ditches in 1885.
Constance K. Olson
IN MEMORY OF
Charles E. Olson, Jr.
The designated Indian Reservations are identified with the names of the Native American tribes and in some cases the title and date of treaty establishing each reservation. One of the largest land areas set aside for Native American relocation is in the northern section of this map, where the Gros Ventre, Piegan, Blood, Black Feet and River Crow are labeled.
Although a large swath of forest runs roughly north/south overlapping the Atlantic and Pacific divides, few of the Native American reservations identified on the map enjoy these forested lands or the proximity of irrigation ditches. In fact, as one studies the map in more detail, it becomes clear that Native Americans were relocated to barren lands with little water.
Thus the acquisition of this demonstrates the importance of close study of a map and not allowing a dry title to prevent us from asking deeper questions. Because the map was not made for the commercial market, it has been created as a document of record rather than a document of persuasion, making its impact in terms of people and resources all the more effective.