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Petaleharo - A chief of the Pawnee Indians who is given credit for stopping the practice of sacrificing a virgin each year to the Morning Star.  the girl to be killed on the altar was always a captive from another tribe.

Petalesharo carried away a Sioux maiden, who had been prepared for sacrifice, and sent her back to her own people.  When his fellow tribesmen found no harm came to Petalsharo through wrath of the Morning Star, they discontinued their custom of human sacrifice.

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