Letter by James McLaughlin, Standing Rock Indian Agent, Directing the Arrest of Sitting Bull, 12/14/1890

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Letter by James McLaughlin, Standing Rock Indian Agent, Directing the Arrest of Sitting Bull, 12/14/1890
“You must not let him escape under any circumstances.”




Letter by James McLaughlin, Standing Rock Indian Agent, Directing the Arrest of Sitting Bull, 12/14/1890
“You must not let him escape under any circumstances.”
The attempt to arrest Sitting Bull, which took place on the morning of December 16th, 1890, resulted in over a dozen deaths, including Sitting Bull and the recipient of the letter, Lieutenant Bull Head.
English: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2641545
Lakota: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/3887740
Transcription:
4:30 P.M.
United States Indian Service,
Standing Rock Agency
December 14, 1890
Leiut. Bull Head or Shave Head,
Grand River,
From report brought by Scout
"Hawk Man" I believe that the time
has arrived for the arrest of Sitting
Bull and that it can be made
by the Indian Police without much
risk, - I therefore want you to
make the arrest before daylight
tomorrow morning and try and
get back to the Sitting Bull road
crossing of Oak Creek by daylight
tomorrow morning or as soon
after as possible, The Cavalry
will leave here tonight and,
will reach the Sitting Bull crossing
on Oak Creek before daylight
tomorrow (Monday) morning, where
they will remain until they
will leave here tonight and
will reach the Sitting Bull crossing
hear from you.
Louis Primeau will go with
the Cavalry Command as guide
and I want you to send a messen
ger to the Cavalry Command as soon
as you can after you arrest him
so that they may be able to know
how to act in aiding you or
preventing any attempt at his
reserve.
I have ordered all the police
at Oak Creek to proceed to Carignans
School to await your orders, this
gives your a force of 42 Policemen
for to use in the arrest.
Very Respectfully
James McLaughlin
U.S. Indian Agent
P.S.
You must not let him escape
under any circumstances.
[Lakota]
[top of letter] Original letter - A.B.W.
Standing Rock Agency
De[illegible] 14/890
Matokipapi qa kasla
Cetanrvicasa wawapi wan makihi kin iwacu yunkan wanna Tatankaiyotanla oyuspa pi klē cin eyehan unlihi iblukcan ye lo. Unkiknakapi ehantans [s has a line over it; the word "ehantans" has the word "then" written above it.] ehaš iyaye [two struck through words] imyanpi kta ikowapi lo; ca lehan le hanhepi kin wanna el lapi qa aupavšini ecel oluspapi klē lo Tokesa Luwitanka akicita kin om yinklē lo[illegible letter] qa canku wan yake can okna yapi qa ituhu oju oiyuwege lān hel enajin klē ^,^ Tatanka iyotanki qa ^x^ Wegleska tacanku oiyunwege kin hel wake lo, el tipi kas uni sipi kin hel anipe najin pi klē lo ca toke tu ehantans hel orankoya wanij hosi yahipi klē lo.
James McLaughlin.
Ateyapi kun muje
ca he pe lo
Source: catalog.archives.gov
 
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