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This article provides a first-hand account of Cheyenne history in the words of Wild Hog, a Cheyenne who along with about 350 other members of his tribe fled his reservation in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) hoping to return to his native lands in the northern Great Plains. While crossing western Kansas, Wild Hog and other Cheyenne warriors killed about forty white settlers. This event was known as the last Indian raid in Kansas. Wild Hog and five other prisoners, including Young Man, Old Man, Run Fast, Frizzly Head, and Crow, were charged with first-degree murder but were eventually acquitted of all charges.

Creator: Lawrence Standard
Date: October 9, 1879

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This letter can be grouped with other sources related to the last Indian raid in Kansas. Other selections include a picture of the six Cheyenne who were put on trial, a letter by William Sutton (prosecutor), drawings made by the prisoners while incarcerated, and a map of the Cheyenne's route through Kansas. This story can be particularly useful for demonstrating how native groups resisted the reservation system.

KS:7th:3.1:Federal Government and Indian Lands (2005)

Item Number: 210684
Call Number: Microfilm: L2601
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210684

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