Carol Evans, first woman to lead Spokane Tribe, takes over at critical time
Carol Evans listened as a tribal elder recounted tragedy.
It was 1858 and U.S. troops in today’s Inland Northwest were coming after Indians. Tribal leaders told their people to flee. A woman living near Deep Creek heeded the call and ran north carrying her baby in a baby board. But her baby drowned while she crossed the Spokane River. The mother hung the baby board on a tree near the shore, and the tree grew until the baby board became part of the tree.
It was known as the baby board tree.