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Comanche boy Pease Ross was the only male survivor of the 1860 raid in which Cynthia Ann Parker was recaptured from the tribe. Texas Ranger and soldier Sul Ross found the boy and took him to Waco to live with the Ross family. Offered the opportunity to return to the Comanches, he chose to stay with his adopted family. He eventually married the daughter of a former slave. This tintype photo is one of the oldest photographic images of a Comanche. Source: Lawrence T. Jones III. Photo: 1861.

Declaration of Indian Purpose ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 25 A treaty, in the minds of our people, is an eternal word. Events often make it seem expedient to depart from the pledged word, but we are conscious that the first departure creates a logic for the second departure, until there is nothing left of the word. —Declaration of Indian Purpose

Choctaw Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow.

Traditional dancers (Crow), 1928, via Flickr.Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow.

1915 Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On Dec. 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. (Library of Congress)