By Thomas Henry Tibbles
Status undergo 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 compelled via the government to maneuver to Indian Territory. through the yr 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, observed by way of a small band, defied the government via 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. besides the fact that, basic George criminal, touched by means of their "pitiable condition," became for support to Thomas H. Tibbles, a crusading newspaperman at the Omaha day-by-day bring in, who rallied public support. Citing the Fourteenth modification, status endure introduced swimsuit opposed to the government. The ensuing trial first confirmed Indians as folks in the that means of the legislations. on the finish of his testimony, status endure held out his hand to the pass judgement on and pleaded for attractiveness of his humanity: "My hand isn't the colour of yours, but when I pierce it, I shall think ache. for those who pierce your hand, you furthermore may believe ache. The blood that would 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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Some rascals are trying to swindle you out of your land and stock. I have seen things like this many times. It is very hard to see this, but I can't help it. " The soldiers treated us very kindly, and after a little while we went back on the reservation. I don't know whether the head officer ever had from Washington an answer from his telegram. Then these men got up another council. The half-breeds who belong to the tribe are most all bad men; they are rascals, and go with the agents and traders.
By the end of the 1860s the "Indian question" had become a national issue. Westernersparticularly those who had been the victims of Indian depredations or who sought expansion into Indian landsdemanded immediate and massive military action to punish and subjugate the hostile tribes and remove them from the path of Manifest Destiny. Meanwhile, atrocities such as the 1864 massacre of peaceful Cheyennes and Arapahos at Sand Creek in Colorado Territory by a contingent of Colorado Volunteers prompted a congressional investigation, which attributed most Indian aggression to the lawlessness of whites.
Sherrill pastor, and spoke between the opening hymns. Both of the churches passed a resolution requesting Mr. Carl Page 28 Schurz to rescind the order under which this band of Poncas were being returned to Indian Territory. Other ministers were afterward seen, and Rev. Mr. Jameson, who was an old friend and acquaintance of Mr. , March, 31, 1879. To Hon. : Seven lodges of Ponca Indians, who had settled on Omaha reservation, and were commencing to work at farming, have, by your order, been arrested to be taken south.
Standing Bear and the Ponca chiefs by Thomas Henry Tibbles