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Cheyenne and Arapahoe Prentices

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Cheyenne and Arapahoe Prentices
Summer 2001 and Revised 28 Mar 2001

The "Kingfisher Weekly Star and Free Press," of Kingfisher, OK dated, Thursday, October 24, 1907, contained the following article:

    RELEASED FROM GURDIANSHIP
    C. and A. Indians Given Right To Lease Their Land

    El Reno American: The superintendent of the Cheyenne and Arapaho agency at Darlington just recently received an order from the Department of the Interior allowing certain Indians to lease their own lands and to manage their own affairs. This is the first time in the history of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians that they have ever been granted this concession.

    The Indians will have to have a written authority from the agent and in the authority will be a description of the land.

    Since the occupation of the country by white people, the Cheyennes and Arapahos have been wards of the government and the government has acted as a trustee for them.

    When Oklahoma was opened for settlement, the government gave the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians one million dollars for their land and they semi-annually receive interest in the form of annuities. The first of this month each Indian received $8.88. The million dollars will be prorated among the Indians in the near future.

    The Indians will all be given patents to their land in about nine years and then they will be free to do as they please with their land. Under the present law it is very difficult for a Cheyenne or Arapaho Indian to obtain a patent to his land or to get his restrictions removed. Up to date there have only been eleven granted. The records show that ten of these have either sold or mortgaged their land.

    The system of dealing with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians is vastly different from that of dealing with the Five Civilized Tribes. The government recognizes no chiefs or tribal organizations.. The Indians often attempt to deal with the White Father through a tribal organization but their head men always get turned down. The chief claimant to the chieftancy of the Cheyennes is WOLF ROBE who lives near Watonga. His claim lies in the fact that he is a good orator.

    The following Indians under the new order of the Interior Department are allowed to manage their own affairs and can lease their land:

      Bob't BURNS, Emma KINGSLEY, Casper EDSON, BIRD CHIEF, Jr., Benjah MILES, Otto PRATT, Mrs. Willie BALINTI, Bedford BIRD CHIEF, Cas. KIETH, Ada BURNS, Harry STAR, Dawes WHITE BIRD, Charles MATCHES, Kish HAWKINS, Miller BIG NOSE, Joseph WILLIAMS, DeFrost ANTELOPE, LITTLE BIRD, William LITTLE ELK, William GOODSELL, Robert BLOCK, HAIL, Henry ROWLODGES, Arnold WOLWORTHP, Otto HUNT, Ben FRANKLIN, Jesse ROWLODGES, Pat MALOY, Philip BLOCK, Geo. BLOCK, Lewis MILLER, Kiser YOUNG MAN, Clarence POWDER FACE, Alexander YELLOW MAN, Earl WHITE SHIRT, Fieldy SWEEZY, Frank SWEEZY, James MONROE, Harry MONROE, Karl SWEEZY, CUT FINGER, Geo. BENT, Jr., William BLUE,

      Julia PRENTISS, Grant LEFT HAND, John OTTERBY, WOLF ROBE, Mrs. John BLOCK,

      Noble PRENTISS, Mrs. Belle BELINTI, (but not for her children), John CHAPIN Anna EAGLE NEST, Mrs. Julia GERRIER, Andy HAAG, Harry BLACK, CLOUD CHIEF, Stella KEITH, Minnie McKEEGAN, Mary TASSEL, Fenton ANTELOPE, John WILLIAMS, Whit MATTHEWS, Mattie CATON, Walter FINLEY, Scott YOUNG MAN, Geo. LUBBERS, Wm. WOLF, Herbert WALKER, Dora KNIGHT, Mrs. Harry STARR, Mrs. Peter SHIELDS, Edward GERRIER, Mary BLACK WOLF, Rosa SENECA, Peter SHIELDS, Mike BELINTI, Jr., Ben KEITH, Mrs. Mich KOEN, George JOHNSON, Emma MOORE, Peter HOUSER, Philip PRATT, Mrs. CHAMBERLAIN, Charles WITEMAN, Ada LUBBERS, Kate HAWES, Henry BLIND, WHITE SPOON, Frank OLD BEAR, Anna GERRIER, BIRD SEWARD, Fred ROUND STONE, William GERRIER, SIOUX MATCHES, William ROSS, George MEIGLE, James PAINTS YELLOW, Allan KEITH, Mary KEITH, Mack HAAG, Mrs. Thomas OTTERBY, Stephen Emil HOUSER, LONE MAN, Elmer SWEEZY, John K. SLEEPER, Amy HAWS HAMILTON, John J. LUBBERS, William C. CURTIS, Doty LUMP MOUTH, Hattie ANDERSON and Mrs. Ahkota W. KEITH. (Emphasis added.)

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