British Columbia seeks apology for 1884 lynching by US vigilantes

British Columbia's lieutenant governor is asking her counterpart in Washington state to arrange an apology for the 1884 lynching of a 14-year-old Sto:lo Indian boy by an American mob.

Louie Sam was being held by provincial authorities in February 1884 when more than 100 Americans came across the border on horseback, abducted the boy and hanged him.

He was suspected in the killing of a shopkeeper in Nooksack, in what is now Washington state's Whatcom County. &to=' target=_blank>Washington did not become a state for another five years, in 1889.

The lynching has not been forgotten by the Sto:lo or historians, who believe the boy died for a killing he didn't commit.

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