“From Where The Sun Now Stands, I Will Fight No More Forever.”

Watching the CBS daily newscast today, 27 November, Trump honored two American Indians who fought in distant wars for the US. Suddenly, my thoughts returned to an American Indian named Chief  Dan Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe with bullet holes riddling his robes  fought the US Calvary and surrendered in 1877.

 

Here is Chief Joseph’s short speech of surrender to the US Calvary:

” Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Ta-Hoot-Hoot Shute is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are–perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead, ‘ Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.’ ”

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PS:  Chief Dan Joseph was buried in the same land where another American legend named William Butler Hickok(Wild Bill)was buried in 1877.

1 thought on ““From Where The Sun Now Stands, I Will Fight No More Forever.””

  1. I was 7 years old when I watched the Chief Joseph movie.
    I remember being so sad and crying and crying. Like I could feel their pain and hurt.
    Looking back …I feel I felt it so closely to my heart because being Native American myself I do believe I had residual memories from another time. Yes…some may call me “crazy” but it is what I felt. Also it is what my ancestors endured. Our family stories of relatives hiding in the water from soldiers. Our great grandmothers being shot in the backs….a few survived. People on my dads side survived in the badlands for years.
    I was at my parents the last few months and I drove past Wounded Knee weekly. It’s always there to see…..to feel.

    Anyhow….my Native family survived the US Army for me and my family and our people to be here today. So I am doing all I can to make their battles and struggles worth it.

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