A few words about this blog

It’s not often I write about this blog–why it exists, why I return to it after long and short lapses, or its purpose. In reality this blog served its main purpose years ago. Other than that it’s been a means for a non-tech person to learn the absolute bare basics required to connect with the ever-changing venue of the world-wide web. As such it has continued on as a means of sharing any thing that interests me.  That said, let’s get a few things very clear:

1–This is a ‘free’ blog: I do not pay WordPress for the privilege of using theme thirteen. And WordPress does not pay me. I appreciate having a quality venue for sharing my personal interests with whoever is inclined to visit my blogcasa.

2–This blog earns absolutely ZILCH, Zero, Nada, Nothing in dollars and cents. I have absolutely no connection to any advertisements which appear here. This blog was never intended to generate any personal income whatsoever for moi. It has not. It does not.

3–I will not post comments which contain hate speech, personal attacks on individuals whose books, views, films, music or other creative work I’ve written about. There’s too much hate speech in the world already and I prefer not to contribute to it by giving it yet another platform. Note to those returning to look for said comments: while I respect your First Amendment right to make certain statements please do take some time to consider the meanings of the words slander and libel and potential legal consequences thereof.

4–Regarding a number of primary historical documents from record group 75 posted on this blog. As stated on several such posts–but not all–historical information to which anyone who visits the National Archives has access (take note that there are many people who for one reason or another do NOT have direct access to the National Archives) was shared to make it available to individuals searching for family information (some of this is now currently on ancestry.com), to inform others about historical conditions, perspectives and the lives of real people–what they suffered and endured.

5–Main points one through four being stated as clearly and  concisely as I am currently able to write: It’s 26 degrees here (nothing compared to the brutal cold at Standing Rock, North Dakota)–a drop of over sixty degree in a week’s time. Less than one inch of snow has fallen. This is not normal. The ground remains hard as a rock. It’s necessary to break and refill water dishes for the birds, squirrels, coyotes, and whatever creatures dare to come out at night as there is NO standing water in any of the usual areas for them. The city’s seasonally hired snow crews are cutting down trees instead of plowing snow. I am none too thrilled about this continuing tree removal program but so far am as powerless as the squirrels and birds to do anything about it. Removing diseased tress I understand. Cutting down healthy ones is beyond my comprehension. The news on the political level is testing my patience. My tolerance for the mainstream media has entirely evaporated with their failed coverage of the election, #NoDAPL Standing Rock, and Climate Change.

—On the upside: I am NOT a woman living in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Syria, etc.etc. Yes, I’m well aware certain ‘parties’ in America would have it here as is there. When will the female half of the human population decide enough is enough? I don’t know.

Do No Harm 


PS. If you have any questions regarding any of the above or something else, you are welcome to leave them in the coments section for moderaton and posting.



Dec. 15, 1890, Sitting Bull’s death

On December 15, 1890, the Standing Rock Indian Agent, James McLaughlin set into motion events that resulted in the deaths of Sitting Bull, his son Crowfoot, Brave Thunder, Black Bird, Catch the Bear, Little Assinaboine, Spotted Horn Bull, Chase Wounded, and the massacre of Big Foot’s Band at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890.

Photograph by D.F. Barry

 For the names of the Indian Police fatalities:  https://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/men-who-died-with-sitting-bull/

Photograph from Wikipedia.

Names of the dead source NARA, Record Group 75, Standing Rock Agency Ledger for December 1890.

In my opinion, a case can be made for premeditated murder based upon Standing Rock Indian Agent James McLaughlin’s quest for complete control over the daily lives of Lakota people on the reservation and his desire to eliminate all traditional Lakota culural practices for the assertion of the dominant white culture at any cost. Though this did not stop him from collecting and selling Lakota articles of traditional beadwork, clothing, pipes, drums etc.


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.

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.


“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





The White House

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


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.  


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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Eagle Feather, Cherry Creek, 1922

Elizabeth Eagle Feather


Elizabeth Eagle Feather p.2


These documents, and others like them posted here, are in the public domain. They are available from the National Archives, Kansas City, MO branch.  All can be found in Record Group 75. This material is posted here to make it available to those who might not otherwise have access to it. It is also posted to inform and educate about living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in 1922.  If there is a family name on the index that is of interest, please post a comment requesting a posting.

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