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A look into the chiefs and leaders of Native America
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    The great Lakota Indian warrior, Chief Sitting Bull, is perhaps best known in early American history as the chief who defeated General Custer in 1876 at the Battle of Little Bighorn.



    Chief American Horse, Wasicu Tasunke, Sioux Nation, was a chief during the Lakota Wars of the 1860s and 1870s. His capture and subsequent death occurred after the historic Battle of the Little Bighorn

    In early life he was a clownish sort of boy among the boys an expert mimic and impersonator. This talent made him popular and in his way a leader. He was a natural actor, and early showed marked ability as a speaker... American Horse was one of the earliest advo-cates of education for the Indian, and his son Samuel and nephew Robert were among the first students at Carlisle. I think one or two of his daughters were the handsomest Indian girls of full blood that I ever saw....

  • WARRIOR GERONIMO Apache1829-1909

    I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust.

  • Chief Joseph, Nez Perc


    In his final years, Chief Joseph spoke eloquently against the injustices of U.S. Government policies and racial dis-crimination against Indigenous peoples and he held out hope that America's promise of freedom and equality would one day be fulfilled for Native Ameri-cans as well.

    ...Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever."

    Excerpted from Chief Joseph's surrender speechOctober 5, 1877

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