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 by way of the government to maneuver to Indian Territory. in the course of 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 means 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 via their "pitiable condition," grew to become for aid to Thomas H. Tibbles, a crusading newspaperman at the Omaha day-by-day usher in, who rallied public support. Citing the Fourteenth modification, status endure introduced swimsuit opposed to the government. The ensuing trial first tested Indians as individuals 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 popularity of his humanity: "My hand isn't the colour of yours, but when I pierce it, I shall think ache. in case you pierce your hand, you furthermore may think ache. The blood that may stream from mine can be of an identical colour as yours. i'm a guy. an identical God made us either.
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He seemed very much astonished. He said he never heard of it before. He would order it investigated. Then I talked with him again. He thought now that we were down there we had better stay. He told me to go back and hunt for some good land, and he would have our things sent to us; that we should be treated well, and he did not think we would be sick any more, after a little. We would soon get used to the country, and then we would not be sick. I said in reply that I could only obey his orders. Then I went back to the Indian Territory and selected some land that looked good, and we moved the tribe on to it.
Page 17 Interpreter's Certificate I certify that I acted as interpreter for Standing Bear, and that the above is a true translation of his words, the interview taking place at Fort Omaha the 13th day of April, 1879. I am perfectly acquainted with the Omaha Indian language, which the Poncas speak, and I know many of the facts to be true of my own knowledge, having resided among the Omahas for twelve years. W. W. HAMILTON Page 18 Chapter II Standing Bear Finds a Friend in the Editor of a Western Paper On the twenty-ninth day of March, 1879, at about eleven o'clock at night, there sat in the editorial room of the Omaha Daily Herald the assistant editor, who at the time was editor-in-chief.
A white man, whom I did not know, came to me there, and said he had heard about our troubles. He said these men who were there were scoundrels. He knew every one of them. They were very bad men who got rich by swindling the Indians. He said he knew that we had never sold our land, or signed a treaty to go away, and the best thing for me was to go back to my farm, go to work, and pay no attention to what these men said, or what orders they gave, until some man came who had papers signed by the President.