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General Howard informed me, in a haughty spirit, that he would give my people 30 days to go back home, collect all their stock, and…
I would have given my own life if I could have undone the killing of white men by my people.
I saw that the war could not be prevented. The time had passed.
I want the white people to understand my people.
I know that my race must change.
I did not want my people killed. I did not want bloodshed.
Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake.
The white men told lies for each other. They drove off a great many of our cattle. Some branded our young cattle so they could…
I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth.
Our people could not talk with these white-faced men, but they used signs which all people understand.
When my young men began the killing, my heart was hurt.
I will speak with a straight tongue.
We damaged all the big guns we could, and carried away the powder and the lead.
My people were divided about surrendering.
We ask to be recognized as men.
I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men had been secretly buying ammunition.
I said in my heart that, rather than have war, I would give up my country.
It required a strong heart to stand up against such talk, but I urged my people to be quiet and not to begin a war.
We had good white friends who advised us against taking the war path. My friend and brother, Mr. Chapman, told us just how the war…
I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated.
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