Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle: Peace at all costs

Excerpts from my book, Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek (June 11, 2010)

Of all those who worked for peace on the plains, there was one man who never gave up, despite having every reason to wage a total war against the whites. That man was Black Kettle, Chief of the Cheyenne. Probably in his sixties at the time of Sand Creek, he went to great effort trying to control the angry young men of the Cheyenne Dog soldiers and other warrior clans. Edward Wynkoop said he was “the ruling spirit of his tribe, but was also looked upon by all the nomadic tribes of the plains as a superior, one whose word was law, whose advice was to be heeded.”

Chief Black Kettle


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