Chief Friday of the Warshinun’s Arapaho Band
Chief friday and his band of Arapaho tribesmen met regularly at the council Tree until they were moved to a reservation in Wyoming in 1876.
Robert Strauss moved to the Cache la Poudre River in 1864, but his house was quickly swept away and so he moved further downriver and built what would become known as the Strauss Cabin just across from the Council Tree. This location caused Strauss to have regular interactions with the local Native American tribes and local settlers interested in the tree until his death in 1904. The cabin was originally renovated and opened as a local history museum but was burnt to the ground by arson shortly after. Strauss was never married and the myth is that he died alone in a flood. his neighbors found him hugging a post near the tree after being driven from his home in flood waters. after his death, his property was sold and farmed for several decades before succumbing to development.
American Military Cavalrymen
The Colorado Cavalry’s first interaction with Native Americans at the tree occurred in the late 1850’s when a patrol through Indian territory discovered a Ute woman about to be executed at the tree by some of the Arapaho. The Cavalrymen rescued her and returned her to her tribe shortly afterward. The cavalry continued to meet with native americans at the council tree into the late 1870’s. it’s assumed that the military and later settlers used the tree as target practice due to the fact that 300 lbs. of lead bullets were found in the tree trunk after it was cut down.