Fort Laramie National Historic SiteSome days since I received a messenger from [Sinte Gleska], head chief of the Brule Sioux, saying that his daughter had died on the way here and had begged her Father to have her grave made with the whites . . . Wishing to do him honor . . . I rode out with several officers, and met him half way between the fort and he Platte . . I conducted him to the Fort and my headquarters.So begins Colonel Henry Maynadier's account of one of the most extraordinary and poignant events in the annals of Fort Laramie. On March 8, 1866, Sinte Gleska (Spotted Tail) arrived at the fort bearing the remains of his daughter, Mni Akuwin (Brings Water Home Woman), to be laid to rest on the ridge in front of you.Sinte Gleska's journey had its origin in the mid-19th century struggle between the Plains Indian nations and the U.S. Government for control of the land and its resources. While traveling to Fort Laramie to meet with commissioners to negotiate an honorable peace his daughter died of tuberculosis in the Powder River Country.Maynadier's report continues . . . .[ I told the Chief ] 'Everything should be prepared to have her funeral at sunset, and as the sun went down it might remind him of the darkness left in his lodge when his beloved daughter was taken away; but as the sun would surely rise again, so she would rise, and someday we would all meet in the land of the Great Spirit.'The chief exhibited deep emotion during my remarks, and tears fell from his eyes . . . for some time he could not speak. After taking my hand he commenced with the following eloquent oration: 'This must be a dream for me to be in such a fine room . . . Have I been asleep during the last four years of hardship and trial and am dreaming that all is to be well again, or is this real? Yes, I see that it is, the beautiful day, the sky blue, without a cloud, the wind calm and still to suit the errand I come on and remind me that you have offered me peace.'Preparations were then made for the funeral . . . Just before sunset the body was carried to the scaffold, followed by her father and mother and other relatives, with the chaplain, myself, and Officers and many of the soldiers of the garrison, and many Indians. Amid profound silence . . . the Chaplain delivered a touching and eloquent prayer . . . the hour, the place, the solemnity, even the restrained weeping of her mother and aunts, all combined to affect any one deeply.Sinte Gleska and Colonel Maynadier were men of courage and vision who dreamed of peaceful co-existence between nations, both red and white. They worked tirelessly to achieve a lasting peace "hecel oyate kin nipi kte" (so that the people may survive).
|Placed By||National Park Service|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 536499 N 4672530|
|Decimal Degrees||42.20408333, -104.55786667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 12.245', W 104° 33.472'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 12' 14.7" N, 104° 33' 28.32" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Fort Laramie WY 82212, US|
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