Kills Plenty or Mrs. Charging Cloud, Cherry Creek, 1922

Kills Plenty or Mrs. Charging Cloud


Kills Plenty or Mrs. Charging Cloud p.2


These documents and others like it are in the public domain via the National Archives in Kansas City, Missouri. They can be found in Record Group 75. They are posted in order to make them available to people who would otherwise not have access to the information. They are also posted in order to inform and educate people regarding the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota in 1922.



  1. echostains said,

    August 22, 2010 at 12:43 am

    These documents are extremely valuable and educational. You get a true sense of what it must have been like in those days. I feel so sorry for the family of 6 having to share 2 beds. You wouldn’t get away with calling someone with learning difficulties a cretin these days either. Good informative interesting post!

    • August 22, 2010 at 12:59 am

      Oh the language used by some of the survey people–have none of their names–can be very offensive. Still, I think it it is important to know such perspectives and mindsets existed in 1922 as they’re expressed in writing.
      The photo of the cabin on the sidebar is one that provides a certain reality check about those living conditions. Thank you.

  2. artistatexit0 said,

    August 24, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I’m fascinated by these documents and can feel the type hitting this tissue thin paper. Once I had the chance to explore Govenor’s Island before the renovations and in the hallway of a ruined building I came across the crumpled papers of a person who was deported for failing the physical. The sense that this was an actual person’s life being decided and recorded in such a fashion is a feeling hard to shake. I thought I felt many ghosts around me that day.

    • August 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

      Tissue paper is fairly on target description of some of the paper in Record Group 75. Some of these are the carbon copies, you might have come across carbon paper in your work–other folks might be too young to know the stuff. As for the ghosts, certainly. There is something disorientating about working/reading/handling these papers for long periods of time. Reading them en masse has a way of bringing the people and time to life. As for my thoughts about those making/taking the surveys–well, considering the long term state of affairs on most reservations, these so-called ‘care-takers” efforts speak volumes for themselves.
      Your experience sounds singularly disconcerting–an intersection between you and the person denied because of their physical state, a state which might have benefited from being accepted. Did you create art with the paper? Photograph it? Or?

  3. Bryan B. Charging Cloud said,

    September 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I am thr son of Wallace Charging Cloud

    my name is Bryan B. Charging Cloud and I have (6) sons: Bryan K., Barry B., Jeffrey W. from my first wife. Ryan L., Richard P., and Nickolas F. from my present wife.
    My sisters name is Rose Charging Cloud/Iron Hawk and I have a younger brother Frances Charging Cloud.

    • September 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Hello Bryan B. Charging Cloud. I am glad to learn that the Charging Cloud’s family lives on via you, your sisters and children.

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