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Bright Eyes

By Flesche, Susette La

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Title: Bright Eyes  
Author: Flesche, Susette La
Language: English
Subject: Fiction--Women authors--History and criticism., Literature--Women authors, Literature
Collections: Women Writers Collection
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Excerpt: The chairman of the Board of Indian Commissioners says: Reservations are used for Indians very much as nurseries are used for children, as safe inclosures [sic] for the weak and defenseless. Does he call them safe inclosures [sic] because in them the Indians are powerless to help themselves when robbed? I know that hundreds of horses have been stolen from my tribe, the Omahas, and they cannot do a single thing to recover their property, punish the thieves or stop the robbery. A horse was stolen from my father last spring. He knows who stole the horse, and he knows the white man who has the horse now. He asked the agent to help him get it back. The agent was as powerless as he was, and told me that the best way to do would be for my father to steal it back. Two Crows, one of the most intelligent men I ever knew whether white or red, and who has been the lifetime friend of our family, has had stolen from him during the last three years, fourteen working horses. He said that as fast as he could collect money enough together to buy new ones to work his farm with they were stolen from him. (Why don't the Indian become civilized when he has such a safe inclosure [sic] provided for him?) I once said to him and several others when they woke up and found several of their horses gone, Why don't you pursue them, fight them, and get your horses back? That is the way the white people do. He said: Because we have made a treaty of peace with the United States, and if we did that they would construe it into a declaration of war, and treat us accordingly. Because they do wrong is no reason why we should. The Sioux tribe, the wildest and most war-like of the Indians, have had above a thousand horses stolen from them the past year. When they, instead of going to war, had recourse to the courts, they were refused the protection of the law.


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