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Tango0131 Jul 2022 9:34 p.m. PST

"Black Kettle was a chief of the Southern Cheyenne people. He fought for peace even as his people suffered brutality and death at the hands of the government.

Black Kettle (Moke-Ta-To) was born around 1807 in the Dakotas to mother Sparrow Hawk and father Swift Hawk. He had a sister named Wind Woman and two brothers named Gentle Horse and Wolf. When he was three years old, his tribe, the Buffalo People, joined the larger Cheyenne tribe. He was an excellent horse rider by the age of eight and went on his first buffalo hunt at 12.

At 14, he showed bravery in his first battle with another tribe and gained respect among his people. While still a teenager, he joined the Elkhorn Scraper Society – these societies were community leaders that would meet and then talk to their chief about important matters. The chiefs of other Cheyenne tribes then gathered in a group called the Council of the 44. Once Black Kettle became recognized as a full man within the Elkhorn Scraper Society, he married a woman named Little Sage…"

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42flanker01 Aug 2022 2:14 a.m. PST

"circa 1807"

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