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Isidore Bernier was born at Spokane Falls Washington, the son of Julien Bernier and Marguerite (Indian); information on Isidore is difficult to obtain. Isidore and his parents travelled with the Sinclair party1 to Oregon Territory, settling in Cowlitz Prairie around 1842. Isidore is listed with his father and brother in the 1847 petition against claim jumping noted in the Oregon Spectator newspaper. After that mention no citations can be found for him. It is possible that he is the Isidore Bernier found in CA census records.
Edited and Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute
In 1841 the HBC organized a party of 23 families from Red River to emigrate to the Columbia River, hoping that, as settlers, they would strengthen British claims to the Oregon, then in dispute with the United States. James Sinclair (1810-1856) led the party across the plains and through the little-known southern Rocky Mountains.