Standing Bear and the Ponca chiefs by Thomas Henry Tibbles

By Thomas Henry Tibbles

Status endure used to be a chieftain of the Ponca Indian tribe, which farmed and hunted peacefully alongside the Niobrara River in northeastern Nebraska. In 1878 the Poncas have been pressured by way of the government to maneuver to Indian Territory. throughout the 12 months they have been pushed out, 158 out of 730 died, together with status Bear’s younger son, who had begged to be buried at the Niobrara. Early in 1879 the executive, followed through a small band, defied the government through returning to the ancestral domestic with the boy’s physique. on the finish of ten weeks of strolling via wintry weather chilly, they have been arrested. in spite of the fact that, normal George criminal, touched by way of their "pitiable condition," became for support to Thomas H. Tibbles, a crusading newspaperman at the Omaha day-by-day usher in, who rallied public support. Citing the Fourteenth modification, status endure introduced swimsuit opposed to the government. The ensuing trial first confirmed Indians as people in the that means of the legislations. on the finish of his testimony, status undergo held out his hand to the pass judgement on and pleaded for acceptance of his humanity: "My hand isn't the colour of yours, but when I pierce it, I shall believe soreness. if you happen to pierce your hand, you furthermore may believe ache. The blood that may circulate from mine might be of a similar colour as yours. i'm a guy. a similar God made us either.

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One day about noon, I had just come in from the field; my brother was still at work, and another man was plowing for me. My wife was getting dinner, and a man rode up. He said the officer had given an order that we were to load up everything we had and bring it to the Agency building. I supposed it came from the soldiers, and I unhitched my horses from the plows and hitched them to the wagons, and loaded in all I had. There were some things the government had given us. I do not count them. They had given them to us, and I suppose they had the right to take them back.

Our wagons and ponies they did not take away. A few days after this we started to the Indian Territory. I said I would not go there when I started. If some man wanted my things and my land, I said I would go down and live among the Omahas. They wanted us all to come there, and had land enough for all. The man who had charge of us said we could go down there where the other part of the tribe was and see them, and if we did not like it, we could then come back to the Omahas. Page 14 My wife had some relations who went down with the half-breeds, and she wanted to go and see them, and so we went on.

Arriving there he found an interpreter, and informed Standing Bear that he wanted to hold a council and print what he said, so that all the white people could know how he had been treated. But Standing Bear would not talk. He did not think it would be dignified for him to talk with any one else before he held his council with Gen. Crook. Persuasion did no good. He was afraid Gen. Crook would take it as an insult, and talk he would not. It was explained to him that it would not be printed until Tuesday morning, that no paper was published on Monday, but it was all of no avail.

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