- An Indian woman, Susette La Flesche, daughter of a former chief of the
Omaha, who did much to better the condition of Indians on reservations.
After the Government had forcibly removed the Ponca indians from the Omaha
Reservation to indian Territory in 1877-1878, Bright Eyes and her father
went there to help care for the sick and dying relatives. This case
attracted nationwide interest and it was in connection with this removal
that Judge Dundy rendered his famous decision that "an Indian is a person."
Bright Eyes toured the country appealing
for humanity toward her race. The Government was requested, as a
result, to permit no more forcible removal of Indians to reservations,
and this policy was more or less observed from that time. Bright
Eyes later married Thomas Henry Tribbles, a white man who had become interested
in her work. She died at Lincoln, nebraska, in 1902. Tribbles
later wrote a book, Buckskin and Blanket Days. The manuscript
was left to a daughter, but it was not until 1957 that Tribbles' grandson
finally interested a publisher in it.
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