Title: Indian's Appeal | Red Cloud, Aged Sioux Chieftain, Writes Pathetic Letter to Buffalo Bill

Periodical: The Wyoming Tribune

Date: April 24, 1907

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INDIAN'S APPEAL

RED CLOUD, AGED SIOUX CHIEFTAIN, WRITES PATHETIC LETTER TO BUFFALO BILL.

Says White Men Have Become Rich and Indians Poor and Asks to See That Indians Are Taken Care Of—Writes Farewell Epistle to Old Friend.

The following unusually pathetic letter has been written by Red Cloud, the famous old chief of the Sioux tribe who is blind and feeble and patiently waiting his call to the Happy Hunting grounds at his home at Pine Ridge, to William F. Cody, a great old friend of Red Cloud:

"Buffalo Bill, Pe-Ha-Has-Ka. [1]

"Tell my friend, Pe-ha-has-ka, that it is Red Cloud that talks to him by one of my people, who knows white man pen sign, will talk what I say to him with my tongue and send by paper. Old Ogalalla, chief, last chief soldier of Sioux, talks from heart to the White Eagle of Great Father's warriors. I want to tell him old chief soon go to Manitou hunting grounds, never see Pe-ha-has-ka more. I say we fight—then smoke pipe—shake hands—bury hatchet—live same tepee. My people follow white man's road.

"You always good after fight to red brother—I speak you to be always friend my people. You good, you show my young men heap big village, heap things I never see. Old Indian more old than you, hope tell Great Father Washington and Great Father's head man take care my people; all want to be good.

"I like you come—I no see you, but I could hear you talk. Shake hands, make goodby friend; my eyes water, but Red Cloud soon go. Talk straight—my people give their ears to Pe-ha-has-ka. He friend Sioux. White man rich, Indian poor. Tell white man help Indian. I talk you last time. Heart down—if Black Robe speak straight, meet you in hunting grounds in sky. Tell Scarface brother goodby, too—good man, friend of Sioux last war. Pine Ride. (Signed.)

"RED CLOUD. His (X) mark."

Note 1: Pahaska, also Pe-Ha-Has-Ka and Paha-Haska, as translated from Lakota Sioux language, means "Long Hair," the name given to William F. Cody by the Sioux Nation. [back]

Title: Indian's Appeal | Red Cloud, Aged Sioux Chieftain, Writes Pathetic Letter to Buffalo Bill

Periodical: The Wyoming Tribune

Date: April 24, 1907

Keywords: American Indians Indians of North America--Communication Indians of North America--Social life and customs Indians of North America--Wars Lakota dialect Oglala Indians Sioux Nation

People: Red Cloud, 1822-1909

Place: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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