Montreal Daily Star, 9 July 1894, page 2

Sitting Bull’s Braves

The last of those who fled to Canada after the Custer Massacre

Washington, July 9—The Commissioner of Indian affairs has received information from Capt WH Clapp, the acting Indian agent at Fort Berhold agency in North Dakota, of the arrival of the last remnant of the followers of Sitting Bull, who fled into the British possessions after the Custer massacre in 1876.  The return of these Indians completes a work that the government has had on its hands since the day of the killing of General Custer.  In 1867, the Privy Council of Canada, with the approval of the Governor-General, officially notified the United States of the presence of the Sioux Indians within the British possessions, stating that owing to their destitute condition permits for the purchase of limited quantities of ammunition had been granted them, but that their presence was a source of grave apprehension and anxiety on the part of both the Indian and white population of that part of Canada; and requesting the United States Government without delay to take such steps as would induce the Indians and any others who might similarly cross the boundary line to return to their reservations in the United States.  In accordance with this request a commission, consisting of Gen. Terry and AJ Lawrence, was appointed by the President to proceed to Fort Walsh and negotiate with Sitting Bull for his peaceful return to the United States and settlement at some agency.  At the council Sitting Bull and his chiefs declined all proposals made by the commission, and announced their desire and intention to remain in the British possessions.  After the close of the council, the Canadian authorities conferred with the Indians, warning them that no help whatever beyond protection could be expected from the British government, and that a crossing of the line by any of their young men with hostile intent would be considered an act of hostility by both Governments.  With this full understanding the Indians adhered to their former decision, and the commission returned and Sitting Bull and his followers were declared no longer wards of the Government.  The Indian Bureau, however, continued to make overtures for the big chief’s return.  Sitting Bull at last consented to return and did so, followed by a large number of his band, who were assigned to different reservations.  Now the last of the hostiles who had remained stubborn in their refusal to return to the United States have come back.  There are forty-two in this party now on its way to Fort Berthold, and they are in a pitiable condition, without provisions or suitable clothing.  Many even of the old men, Capt Clapp says, are on foot, and progress will necessarily be slow.  Two or three are seriously sick from exposure and fatigue, and one of them is likely to put them in camp for necessary rest, feed them while at Fort Berthold, and ration those who continue to other reservations.

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