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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Drouillard and Cruzatte are sent to find the Oto and invite them to come to Camp White Catfish opposite present Bellevue, Nebraska. The boats are unloaded and cargo set out to dry. The flag is hoisted as a signal to the Indians.

From the journals...

The commanding officers sent George Drewer & a frenchman named St. Peter to the Zotoe & pawne Villages, distance 45 Miles, in order to invite the Indians inhabiting those Villages, to come to our Camp, in order to hold a Council with them. We hoisted the American Colours on the bank of the River

Joseph Whitehouse

Indian presentation flag

Flag with 15 stripes and bald eagle in the field with 17 stars