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    White Bird: Colorful Certificate Appointing Him to the Indian Police. At Pine Ridge Agency on July 1, 1887, White Bird (c. 1841-1896), Lakota chief of the Spleen band of the Oglalas, was appointed "6th sergeant" in the Indian Police of the U.S. Indian Service. The certificate is signed by Dr. Valentine T. McGillycuddy (1849-1939) who was the mostly well-liked and highly-respected agent at Pine Ridge from 1879 to 1882. White Bird was one of the men detailed to arrest Sitting Bull on 15 December 1890. During the melée his badge purportedly stopped a bullet, and he was otherwise unhurt.

    The certificate is fully legible but bears deep tape stains along the folds from early reinforcement verso. It is possible that a paper conservator can mitigate of eliminate the tape residue and make any necessary archival repairs to the folds.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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