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“…that the Redman is the apostle of outdoor life, his example and precept are what the world needs today above any other ethical teaching of which I have knowledge.”
—Ernest Thompson Seton

    
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An excerpt from Seton’s journal-

Sept. 17, 1912

“I was sitting in Curley’s lodge among the Crow Indians in Montana. He had been Custer’s Chief Scout, and was the only survivor in Custer’s last fight except White Swan, who barely lived through it. Curley was talking bitterly of the government’s ingratitude in attempting to push his people off their ancient lands. He refused to sign the agreement and gave me a signed copy of his refusal on that occasion. It reads thus:
“I was the friend of General Custer.
“I was one of his scouts and will say a few words.
“The Great Father in Washington sent you here about this land.
“The soil you see is not ordinary soil—it is the dust of the blood, the flesh and the bones of our ancestors. “We fought and bled and died to keep other Indians from taking it, and we fought and bled and died helping the Whites.
“You will have to dig down through the surface before you can find nature’s earth, as the upper portion is Crow.
“The land as it is, is my blood and my dead; it is consecrated; and I do not want to give up any portion of it.”





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