Chief Hole in the Day feathered his own nest when signing treaties. An annuity of 1000 dollars for 20 yrs, a section of land with a good house built on it by the US. He had servants and lived like a Lord. Other chiefs became resentful of his status. When his people were forced to White Earth reservation, "I'll never go," he said, and stayed on his land. His ascendency was not gained through his people but by government favor. Riding in his buggy one day he was waylaid and shot dead.
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You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children that we have taught our children that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. - Chief Seattle