Sick, starving and far from home, 300 Northern Cheyenne Indians, mostly women and children, slipped away one night from their Oklahoma reservation near Fort Reno.
In September 1878, they began a frantic journey that would lead them across Kansas in the hope of reaching their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota. As they journeyed, they clashed with soldiers and settlers.
Two years earlier, the Northern Cheyenne had been participants at Little Bighorn in Montana. After that battle, U.S. soldiers attacked their villages, then forced them onto a reservation in Oklahoma.
Finally, they’d had enough. Led by Chief Dull Knife and Lone Wolf, the Indians began a journey that ended in the death of 40 Kansas settlers and herders and more than 60 Indians. As the Indians trekked through Kansas, groups of younger warriors spread out, more frightened than warlike — and concerned mostly about getting beyond the boundaries of Kansas. They didn’t become violent until they were in far northwestern Kansas
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Question: Where and when was the last Indian raid in Kansas?
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