The Flight of the Cheyennes
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N 39° 49.667 W 100° 30.965
14S E 370260 N 4409742
Historical marker about the escape and flight of a group of Cheyennes from a reservation to their homeland.
Waymark Code: WM1K2Q
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 05/23/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 80

Marker is located in a cemetery containing the remains of settlers the Cheyennes killed during their flight.
Marker Name: The Flight of the Cheyennes

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
THE FLIGHT OF THE CHEYENNES After the Little Bighorn Battle in 1876, the US government forced most northern Cheyennes from the northern plains to a reservation in Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. In September 1878 a group led by Chiefs Dull Knife and Little Wolf attempted to return to their homeland. Angry and embittered by their plight, they killed settlers and herders as they fled through Kansas. The Cheyennes included 89 men, 112 women, and 134 children. Although some succeeded in reaching Montana, 149 were captured in northwest Nebraska. After learning they would be sent back to the reservation, the Cheyennes tried to escape. More than 60 were killed. Only a few of the original group ever returned to Indian Territory. The Cheyennes' escape from Indian Territory while pursued by troops from three military jurisdictions was considered a remarkable feat. Sadly,it resulted in the deaths of 40 Kansas settlers and herders. Nineteen of the were killed here in Decatur County, and their graves formed the beginning of the cemetery located east of this marker. A monument stands there today, erected by the community in memory of its loss.

Marker Location: Decatur

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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