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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 123 – Lewis and Clark accomplishments


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SCR123.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
LEWIS AND CLARK - Stating findings of the Legislature and recognizing the
service and accomplishments of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
02/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/08    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
02/11    10th ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Title apvd - to House
02/12    House intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
02/27    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/28    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/06    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote - to Senate
03/07    To enrol
03/08    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/11    Sp signed
03/12    To Secretary of State

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  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2002
                                       IN THE SENATE
                            SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 123
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  4    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  5        WHEREAS,  President  Thomas Jefferson received the approval of Congress on
  6    February 28, 1803, to fund an expedition into the West with orders to  explore
  7    the  Missouri River and such tributaries as might lead to the Pacific Ocean on
  8    the most direct and practicable water route for purposes of commerce, in addi-
  9    tion to which, the expedition was to gather scientific and geographical infor-
 10    mation, and to encourage peace among any Indian Nations encountered; and
 11        WHEREAS, Meriwether Lewis, Captain of the First Regiment of Infantry,  and
 12    former  Secretary  to  President Jefferson,  was appointed to lead the expedi-
 13    tion, and he selected, with the approval of the President,  William  Clark  to
 14    serve equally as a Captain in a leadership role; and
 15        WHEREAS,  the  Corps  of  Discovery party spent the winter of 1803-1804 at
 16    Camp Dubois and the winter of 1804-1805 at Camp Mandan preparing for the jour-
 17    ney into previously  uncharted  western  lands,  at  the  latter  camp  hiring
 18    Toussaint  Charbonneau as an interpreter traveling with his wife, Sacajawea, a
 19    Lemhi Shoshone and their newborn son, Jean Baptiste; and
 20        WHEREAS, on April 7, 1805, the Corps of Discovery, consisting  of  thirty-
 21    one men, one woman and her child, and Seaman, the faithful Newfoundland dog of
 22    Captain Lewis, set out from Camp Mandan for the Pacific Ocean; and
 23        WHEREAS,  on August 12, 1805, Captain Lewis stood on Lemhi Pass and, look-
 24    ing westward, discovered immense mountains partially  covered  with  snow  and
 25    realized that a water passage to the Pacific Ocean was impossible; the follow-
 26    ing  day, Lewis made a peaceful contact with the Lemhi Shoshone and hired them
 27    to transport the baggage of his party over the mountains to the  camp  of  the
 28    Lemhi  Shoshone,  the  Homeland of Sacajawea; and while at their encampment on
 29    the eastern side of the Continental Divide, Sacajawea was  reunited  with  her
 30    brother,  Chief  Cameahwait,  and  her  people from whom she was stolen by the
 31    Minnetares a few years earlier; and
 32        WHEREAS, the Lemhi Shoshone provided the Corps of Discovery with food  and
 33    horses  and  a guide, Old Toby, for their land trip westward to the Clearwater
 34    River; and
 35        WHEREAS, the expedition left Idaho at Lost Trail Pass and entered present-
 36    day Montana on September 4, 1805, reentering  Idaho at Lolo Pass on  September
 37    13,  1805,  and beginning an arduous trip across the Bitterroots by way of the
 38    Lolo Trail; and
 39        WHEREAS, Captain William Clark, in advance of the main party,  encountered
 40    a  Nez  Perce  camp  on  the Weippe Prairie on September 20, 1805, and the Nez
 41    Perce graciously provided the nearly starving party with food and  directions,
 42    and  helped  them  construct  canoes  for  the  last part of their trip to the
 43    Pacific Ocean, and in addition agreed to take charge of their horses until the
 44    expedition returned for them the following year; and
  1        WHEREAS, on their return trip, the Corps of Discovery reentered Idaho near
  2    Lewiston on May 5, 1806, and on May 13 established  Camp  Chopunnish  or  Long
  3    Camp  near  Kamiah,  where  the party waited and interacted with the Nez Perce
  4    until weather permitted the opening of the Lolo Trail, and on June  29,  1806,
  5    the  Corps  of Discovery, with the aid of Nez Perce guides passed back through
  6    Lolo Pass on their way homeward.
  7        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
  8    sion  of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Repre-
  9    sentatives concurring therein, that we recognize and honor  the  contributions
 10    of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark for their leadership of the first explo-
 11    ration  of  what  is  now  known as Idaho commissioned by the United States of
 12    America, and the hospitality and contributions of the Lemhi Shoshone  and  Nez
 13    Perce, and we further recognize the upcoming Bicentennial Anniversary of their
 14    expedition into Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.