In the Wind River area of Wyoming, Shoshone Chief Washakie (whose father was a Flathead), learned to speak French, English, and numerous native languages.
Around 1840, he united the Shoshone tribes.
He became friends with fur trappers and explorers, such as Kit Carson, John Fremont, and Jim Bridger.
At the urging of Jim Bridger, who became his son-in-law, Chief Washakie attended councils and signed treaties with the U.S. Government, preserving the existence of the Shoshone.
In 1885, Chief Washakie's son was killed by a white man in a dispute over alcohol.
The Chief vowed revenge against all white men, but when Episcopal missionary John Robert offered his life in exchange, the Chief relented.