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Dog's Story of the Battle
DOG'S ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE
MY GRANDFATHER [Dog or Ho-ta Me-he in Cheyenne] said he could always tell who was going to become the best warrior. He told me about a little boy the Cheyennes captured once when they attacked a Ute camp. There was this little boy standing around crying. You know how it is. One of the Cheyennes picked up the little boy and took him home on his horse. When the chiefs saw what happened, they said to the warrior, "Go give this little boy to an old lady to raise, a grandmother. We'll raise him as a Cheyenne. We won't tell him that he's from another tribe. We'll raise him as a Cheyenne and see what happens." [Note: this is similar to what happened to Yellow Nose, who was a Ute raised by the Cheyeene and one of the heroes at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.] Well, this little boy was raised by the grandmother. He was raised like a Cheyenne. Everybody watched him grow up because they knew he was not a Cheyenne. But he turned out to be the best of them.
My grandfather said on the day Custer came to attack their village, the Cheyennes had runners watching in the hills. This boy was one of the runners. He came running down to warn the village that soldiers were coming. He told them how far away Custer was and what part of the day he was going to be there. He could tell by the sun. When the sun gets to here, that's when the soldiers are going to come riding. [Note: The Sioux and Cheyenne received numerous scouting reports on the whereabouts of the American invaders on the morning of June 25, 1876, including Fast Horn and the Sioux boy Brown Back, who was the brother of the Sioux boy, Deeds, the first casualty of the battle who was murdered by Custer's men at the very beginning of the battle.]
These runners -- there were two of them...
Little Bighorn Remembered -- The Untold Indian Story of Custer's Last Stand, by Herman J. Viola, Times Books, New York, NY 1999, pages 46-49
Dog's account provides additional detail about what the free Sioux and Cheyenne knew regarding the whereabouts of the American invaders on the morning of June 25, 1876, as well as testimony to the presence of girl warriors among the "Suicide Boys."
Dog's grandaughter, Florence Whiteman was the last woman warrior among the Cheyenne. Here is John Warner's 1999 note on Florence Whiteman from Herman J. Viola's beautifully produced Little Bighorn Remembered -- The Untold Indian Story of Custer's Last Stand:
"Florence Whiteman lives near Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Raised by her grandparents, at age twelve she was initiated into the Elk Warriors Society, and she is the last woman warrior among the Northern Cheyennes. She also has the distinction of being the last Cheyenne woman given to her husband for a bride-price of four horses. The traditional marriage, which took place in 1943, when Florence was fifteen years old, was arranged because of her special status as an Elk Society warrior. After her first husband died, she married her present husband, Philip Whiteman. "I picked him myself," she laughs. "I told my Society brothers that one arranged marriage was enough." She is the mother of two sons and seven daughters."
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