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Kill Eagle's Story of the Battle, #2
KILL EAGLE'S STORY.
A CHIEF FROM THE HOSTILE CAMP ON THE SIOUX WAR.
IRON HORN'S AND BELLY FAT'S MEN.
"THIS IS THE WAY A BRAVE MAN ACTS," SAYS MAN-WHOSE-BREAST-IS-DOBBED-WITH-MUD.
THE CROW CLUB OF THE UNCPAPAS.
DECOYED TO THE HOSTILES WITH PRESENTS - FORCED INTO CAMP WITH BLOWS.
INDIAN LOSSES ON THE ROSEBUD - THE LITTLE BIG HORN MASSACRE.
SITTING BULL ON THE CUSTER FIGHT.
Standing Rock Agency, D.T., Sept. 18, 1876. Herewith I send you a copy of the official report upon the statement made to the Indian Agent here by Kill Eagle, a chief of the Blackfeet Sioux, and Afraid-of-Eagles, an Uncpapa Sioux warrior, who were with the hostiles during the late campaign.
September 17, 1876.
To the Commissioner of Indian Affairs:
Sir -- I have the honor to submit the following statement made by Wan-bli-kte (Kill Eagle), a Blackfeet Sioux chief, who left this agency last spring with twenty-six lodges, and who has spent the past summer with the hostiles.
I would state that while he was making this statement he surrounded himself by a number of his men, and when he had any doubt as to the correctness of what took place on certain occasions he would call upon them to assist him in remembering all the particulars. I have taken his statement with a great deal of care, and am satisfied from his manner and bearing that he has endeavored to tell the truth. I had two interpreters present, and fully believe that they have given me a correct interpretation. I requested Kill Eagle to make oath to the truthfulness of his statement, and he did so cheerfully and without hesitation. He is fifty-six years of age, has been thirteen years with the whites, and is one of the most intellectual Indians I have met in Dakota.
Q. I have come to see you and have you make a statement for me to send to the Great Father. You will be careful to tell the exact truth?
Q. I will commence with you when you left the agency last spring. Let me know why you left and where you have been? Take your time and think, so as to make no mistakes.
A. All right. You two interpreters were here, and there was an agent here, but no one told me to go out, I went in accordance with my own judgment. I had heard that there was an expedition going into the Indian country, but as I had heard the same every summer I did not believe it. I was in want of lodges, robes and skins for making moccasins, and I went to get them. I thought I could get them and get away before any of the soldiers got there.
Q. Before you left here last spring you had a dance in the garrison. After the dance you fired your pistols in the air and told Colonel Poland, "I am tired of this place, I am going away." Why did you do this?
A. I never did so. The man who fired off the pistol did not belong to my band. He was a hostile. He fired off his pistol and said, "This is the way a brave man acts." I did not know he was going to fire...
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