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This stereograph shows a group of Cheyenne prisoners seated on the Ford County courthouse steps in Dodge City, Kansas. These men had taken part in "the last Indian raid in Kansas," when around 350 Cheyenne, led by Dull Knife, had killed around 40 white settlers in western Kansas. These Indians were fleeing from their reservation in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) and heading toward their former lands in the northern Great Plains (Kansas, Nebraska, etc.). Several of these Cheyenne men were apprehended and put on trial for murder. They were eventually acquitted of all charges. The individuals in the image are identified as follows: 1) Wakabish; 2) Maniton; 3) Old Cow; 4) Left Hand; 5) Wild Hog; 6) Old Man; 7) Muskekan; 8) George Reynolds; and 9) Franklin G. Adams.

Date: April 30, 1879

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This image can be grouped with other sources related to the last Indian raid in Kansas. Other selections include drawings by the prisoners while in jail, a letter by William Sutton (prosecutor), a newspaper article providing the native perspective, 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: 717
Call Number: E99 C53 *5
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 717

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