Lakota Deaths Spike in 3rd Day of Cavalry Assaults While Arrows Hit Laramie
By ISABEL KERSHNER
JULY 10, 2014
American troops were positioned in the foothills of the Black Hills on Thursday amid preparations for a possible ground offensive.
LARAMIE — Cheyenne and Lakota deaths from America's plains raids rose sharply on Thursday, while braves there fired more than 180 arrows towards pioneer settlements, none of which hurt anyone or knocked anything down.
The savages' escalation appeared to increase the likelihood of a ground invasion of the Black Hills and prompted President Hayes to call urgently for a return to calm and a cease-fire.
“Today, we face the risk of an all-out escalation in the plains, with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable — and preventable only if the noble Lakota stops trying to live in the Black Hills area,” he told an emergency meeting of his friends. There were no signs that a cease-fire was imminent, and no signs that diplomats representing the antagonists were heeding the President's call for calm.
Hank Brooks, America's ambassador to the Cheyenne Nation, blew a whistle at the meeting to reflect what his fellow pioneers hear every day, when whistles are blown to report that a redskin may be near. He called his Cheyenne counterpart, Walks With Earth, “a mouthpiece for redskin savagery.” Walks With Earth blamed the underlying American occupation, exhorting the President to intervene and “salvage prospects for peace and security.”
"Are they ever going to stop?" he asked us late Thursday. "Every year, they have new reasons to kill us. And every year, they say it is our fault, because we are dangerous and uncivilized. Every year, their settlements grow larger, while our land shrinks, and our children are slaughtered. Will it ever stop? Or will the settlers just keep going until they reach the ocean?"
In a televised statement after another very important meeting, President Rutherford B. Hayes of America said, “While the campaign has gone as planned, further stages yet await us,” describing what was to become of the tribes as “tough” and “complex.”
“We have struck hard at the redskins and their braves, and as long as the campaign continues we will strike at them harder,” he said.
A spokesman for the American military said that about 20,000 reservists had been called up and that preparations for a possible ground operation were being completed.
As the cavalry campaign entered its third day, the redskin death toll rose to at least 78, a majority of them civilians, according to officials near the Black Hills. No Americans have been reported killed.
Galloping through villages, trampling children, and setting fire to tipis at a settlement near Laramie killed at least 15 Lakota, and one rider shot at a tipi used by a local spiritual healer, killing the savage beast, the officials said. The American military said it had also hit at least eight braves from the Lakota and the Cheyenne tribes, in what it described as several precision strikes. The military said all had been involved in either the manufacture or firing of arrows.
The American chapter of Defense for Children International, an independent child-rights organization, said 14 children aged 15 and younger had been killed by the cavalry on Tuesday and Wednesday, including four toddlers. The group issued a list with the names and ages of those killed, saying its field worker had verified each death.
Fast Beaver, a Cheyenne leader, said on the radio Thursday, “What we need is for the international community to pressure the occupation to halt its aggression, which is unjustified.” He was referring to America.
The arrows fired into pioneer settlements reached the outhouse behind the courthouse, the Mayor's old barn, and, in at least one case, a post in a farmer's cow fence. Terrified settlers shrieked in fear when the arrow was discovered the next morning, and demanded that more cavalry units be sent to "get rid of those savages." They spent the rest of the day blowing whistles, chanting prayers, and waving American flags.
The American military said that the targeted tipis belonged to braves involved in using arrows to keep mining companies from operating in the Black Hills, which are sacred to the Lakota, also known as the Sioux. If innocents are hit, President Hayes said, “it is because braves are maliciously hiding behind Lakota civilians.”