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    American Indian - A Fine Content Period Copy of a Letter from Colonel W. H. Wood, four pages, 8" x 10", "Cheyenne Agency, D[akota] T[erritory]", June 16, 1877, reporting to the post adjutant on a band of missing Sioux families from the reservation. The battles that raged the previous summer (including Little Big Horn), and Sitting Bull and his followers still at large, had left the agent in an anxious state as is evidenced by the tone of this report. In part: "...since my report of the 10th inst, the following named Indians with their families were found absent on ration day, the 13th inst. and are reported to have left this Agency, immediately after they had drawn their rations on the 6th inst. for Standing Rock Agency. D.T. So much time having elapsed, it was thought useless to pursue them." The colonel then proceeds to name the heads of the missing families which included: "'Swift cloud'...'Strikes in the breast.'...'Jumps the bush'... 'Hink'...'The Gasser'... 'White Thunder...' Good Thunder'... 'One flies with the cloud'...'Slow Bull'...[and] 'One stays with the whites'..." and their families totaling 64 people. The colonel further stated that on June 14, "the day after rations were issued, it was reported to me that another party of Indians had left the evening before for Standing Rock Agency, D.T. Scouts were at once sent in pursuit by direction of the Post Commander with orders to arrest and bring them back to this Agency. The Scouts returned last evening the 15th inst. bringing back nineteen Indians, four men, five women and ten children..." As a means of keeping these nomads in place, the colonel ordered that all their horses be taken away from them. Colonel Wood was mindful of the events of the previous summer; the prelude to Sitting Bull's rebellion was the mass exodus of Sioux families from the reservations in the Dakota Territory. Below Wood's statement, the copy includes an endorsement by General Alfred H. Terry who ordered the commander at the Standing Rock Agency "to send all such Indians back to their proper Agency..." File holes at margin, moderate dampstaining and soiling, else very good condition.


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