Self Esteem, Cherry Creek, 1922

Self Esteem

 

Self Esteem p.2

These documents from the National Archives in Kansas City, Missouri are in the public domain. They can be found in Record Group 75.  Content reflects the mindset of the currently unidentified 1922 Social Survey taker in 1922. Information is posted in order to make it available to those to whom it would otherwise be inaccessible. Documents are also posted in an effort to inform and educate people about the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, 1922.

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A Pink post, of all things. Go figure.

The NEWS has put me in a very very black mood.  I was having some trouble venting in a manner that is socially acceptable.  My word choices were not suitable for general reading audiences.  Then I came across Pink’s so on target song, “Dear Mr. President,” and my problem was solved for the moment.  It’s so easy to interchange faces, names and images and still have the song relate its point. I wonder, how do any politicians, oil executives, lobbyists, corporate greed hogs, sleep ever. Apparently they all DO sleep very well in their warm comfy beds. That’s the difference between “them” and those of us who wonder about their callous disregard for anything except MONEY–and power-control.  

If you’ve been to Washington D.C. then you’ve encountered the homeless people who live there everywhere. Well, not in the park directly across from the White House. Oh no. No homeless folk allowed to sleep under those wonderful old trees  in full view of the President’s abode.

Now Haiti’s ongoing chaos reveals another side of the political Janus Faces that play at governing. Need I write more than one word? Cholera.  Let’s consider New Orleans’ ongoing issues and how that disaster has been and continues to be handled.  Does anyone have anything positive to relate about Government ‘help’ in regard to Katrina? Hmm?

The people beat the Feds to the punchline  regarding the ice storm power outage disaster on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.  Oh and how cold does it get in South Dakota on a sunny winter day? So cold you can not breathe. People freeze to death inside their homes. 

Yes, it was the American people at large who responded before the Federal Government could even find Cherry Creek on a map. It’s people who are concerned about other people, our environment, our future–NOT our so called “leaders” who are led by the nose by the military industrial complex, big business, and Wall Street.  My point being–if we want a non-polluted Earth, clean energy, excellent education, quality health care for everyone,  meaningful employment for everyone–we need to create it ourselves. Those rich politicians feeding from the corporate trough have proven they have no interest in anything that does not benefit them and their  cronies.  Our problem is that they may succeed in making Earth too toxic for humans before we get our acts together.  What a future for the children of the world.

Cancun for everyone–but who cares? Not US.

Washington (or Ed) Little Shield, Cherry Creek, 1922

Washington (or Ed) Little Shield

 

Washington (or Ed) Little Shield p.2

 

These documents are  from Record Group 75, National Archives, Kansas City, Missouri. All materials are in the public domain. These are posted in order to provide access to the information that would otherwise be unavailable to some people. It is also posted in order to educate and inform others about the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, in 1922. The attitudes conveyed in the writings are the sole responsiblity of the authors–who are currently unknown. 

I’ve posted this for Rudy Little Shield who recently ventured into my blogcasa and ‘waved’ with his words.  Sorry but there is no photo to accompany the text.  Considering that this is from the Cherry Creek District the lack will probably be no surprise to Little Shield.  If I discover a photograph in the future, I will post it.

Peace

“Comes Home Crawling”

Comes Home Crawling

Steals a horse, May 2, 1891

Alone returns to Wounded Knee Creek

May 8, 1891, U. S. Indian Agent Perain P. Plamer writes:

“One of Big Foot’s Band”

“Escaped the fight at Wounded Knee”

“Came back alone”

“Police will know her”

Comes Home Crawling is AWOL from the Cheyenne River Indian Agency

A lone woman steals a horse

Rides through occupied territory

Returns to Wounded Knee Creek–seeking?

Comes Home Crawling counts coup on you and you and you~

A lone Sioux woman is MIA

“Will,” Pine Ridge Indian Agent, “kindly assist the bearer, a Policeman…”

May 20, 1891

Captain Charles Penny, Sixth Infantry, Acting U. S. Indian Agent is

Unable to comply

Captain Bailey’s May 19, 1891 endorsement explains why:

Comes Home Crawling is a Prisoner of War

A woman like other women with girls, boys, infants~

All massive threats to domestic security

Just ask the Seventh Cavalry on December 29, 1890

U.S. Indian Agent Perain P. Palmer requests assistance

“…in returning to this agency an Indian Woman…Please give Police rations to return if you can do so & oblige.

Very respectfully yours”

Comes Home Crawling cannot come home~

Common gold diggers

Whiskey traders

Railroads

Homesteaders

Cattlemen

Congress

The White House

Have made her a Prisoner of War in her own country.

Yet

Major Perain P. Palmer requests her return to the Cheyenne River Indian Agency.

“Her name is Comes Home Crawling”

“Will you kindly assist …”

 

 

Note: Comes Home Crawling was a real Lakota woman who survived the massacre at Wounded Knee.  Poem is based on the contents of a document found in the National Archives, RG 75.  

@wojcik  

Charles Red Dog Family, Eagle Butte, 1922

Charles Red Dog

Black Bull, Eagle Butte, 1922

Black Bull

 

Black Bull

 

Black Bull p. 2

   As with all other such documents posted here, this is from the National Archives in Kansas City, Missouri. All materials are in the public domain. This information is from Record Group 75.  Material is posted in order to make it available to those who would not otherwise have access. It is also posted, with respect for the people portrayed, in order to educate and inform others about the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, in 1922.  The attitudes and perspectives presented in such documents are solely those of the ‘writers’ of the documents–who are so far unknown to me. I am willing to attempt to answer any questions about the materials to  the best of my ability.

Bad Warrior, Eagle Butte, 1922

Bad Warrior

Bad Warrior

 

Bad Warrior p.2

By switching focus from the Cherry Creek district to Eagle Butte it is possible to offer some photographs of people. This is due to the fact that there are more photographs in general from the other districts than for the Cherry Creek district. Also, apparently  people were more cooperative with the survey takers and photographer–no, I do not know the identities of these government employees for the 1922 survey.  According to the survey Bad Warrior had sold some land.  I think the house itself speaks to the issue of prosperity.  And in an attempt to address certain potential questions–hunger often prompted the slaughter of cattle before the time deemed appropriate by the district’s Head Farmer. Head Farmers were White men who were put in charge of teaching White agricultural and cattle raising practices to Indian people.  But this was not the beginning nor the end of the scope of the Head Farmers’ duties–one might consider them the social/cultural/legal enforcement authorities of assimilation policy.  Many of them made it their business to know, in order to control, every aspect of the lives of the Indian Wards of the Government. Some were good people—and others were not so decent.

All materials are in the public domain from the National Archives in Kansas City, MO.  Documents are from Record Group 75. These documents are posted in order to make them available to people who would not otherwise have access to them. They are  posted with much respect for the people represented.  This information is also presented in order to educate and inform others about the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in 1922, South Dakota.  

Shanti Om

Albert Useful Heart, Eagle Butte, 1922

Albert Useful Heart

I’m posting this photograph of the Albert Useful Heart family from the Eagle Butte District of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota because it is one of the rare instances of children present at home with their parents.  This photograph is from the same collection as the other 1922 surveys. All materials are in the public domain. All are available for public viewing at the National Archives in Kansas City, Missouri.  This photograph is from Record Group 75. Materials are posted in order to make them available to people who would not otherwise have access. They  are also posted in order to educate and inform others about living conditions on  the Cheyenne River Reservation in 1922.

Abraham Bull Head, Eagle Butte, 1922

Abraham Bull Head

 

Abraham Bull Head photo

 

Abraham Bull Head p. 2

 

These documents and photograph are all from Record Group 75, National Archives, Kansas City, Missouri. All materials are in the public domain. They are posted here to make them available to people who would not otherwise have access. They are also posted in order to educate and inform regarding the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in 1922, South Dakota. Take note that this post is for Abraham Bull Head of the Eagle Butte District.  There are more Cherry Creek District surveys. I thought it might be good to offer documents from other districts as well.

Acts the Bear, Cherry Creek, 1922

Acts the Bear

 

Acts the Bear p.2

 

These and all other documents like them posted here are in the public domain. They are from the National Archives branch in Kansas City, Missouri. All are from Record Group 75. They are posted in order to make them available to those who would not otherwise have access to the materials. They are also posted in order to educate and inform others about the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota  in 1922.

I feel as if I’m been remiss in posting these social surveys of late. Will try to get them back on a regular schedule asap. As usual, if anyone wants a survey name listed on the index (can be found via the “search box”, please leave a comment indicating  your interest and I will post the survey as soon as possible.

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