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The Treatment of Native Americans within the Frontier Judicial System, Walla Walla County

By Dale Raugust

"United States vs. Sha-poon-mash, United States District Court, First Judicial District, County of Walla Walla."

Source: Washington State Archives, Eastern Region, File No. 23

Subject: Native Americans on trial for murder in Walla Walla County

Synopsis: Sha-poon-mash was charged with murder. He was convicted but his Court appointed attorneys appealed the conviction to the Territorial Supreme Court which overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial based upon an improper instruction given by the judge to the jury.

Text: Link to Sha-poon-mash transcript