Northern Cheyenne pay tribute to 'first veterans'
Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana paid tribute to the "first veterans" who helped their ancestors return home.

The U.S. government exiled about 300 Northern Cheyenne to Oklahoma in 1879. Chief Dull Knife, Chief Little Wolf and Chief Wild Dog led their people back to Montana but not before part of the group was captured and imprisoned in Fort Robinson, from where they later escaped.

"They were the first veterans of our people," Tim Lame Woman said at a ceremony honoring the chiefs, The Billings Gazette reported "They took up arms and did what they could to take care of our people."

Lame Woman descends from Wild Hog, who was later tried for alleged murder. He was acquitted.

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Relevant Links:
Northern Cheyenne Nation - http://www.cheyennenation.com

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