Goose Jul 29, 2008 12:19:49 GMT -5
Post by ladonna on Jul 29, 2008 12:19:49 GMT -5
Born 1834 and died 1916, Chief Goose was of the Teton band that were tipi dwellers and semi-nomadic followers of the buffalo. Chief Goose lived to be 82 years old. As a warrior he fought against other tribes for trespassing in Sioux Territory. He had sun danced thus qualified as a “Young Brave”. He stood 6’4, handsome with a pleasing personality. In 1871 Goose had 15 lodges under his care with 105 people in that group. Chief Goose enlisted as a scout Sept 11, 1870 near Fort Rice North Dakota and served until July 10, 1882. In June 1891, he enlisted again into the Army at Fort Yates. He was honorably discharged on April 30, 1893 as corporal. In June 1874, Chief Goose was the Head Scout on the Custer Expedition into the Black Hills. Chief Goose had been in the Hills before and knew the Travois Trails. After the expedition had reached French Creek a camp was set up. After a few weeks one warm day the soldiers spent much time swimming in the creek and walking over the hills. Chief Goose was picketing his house. Suddenly, the soldiers started yelling from the creek. Some threw their hats, some laughed and some cried. Some were running in circles; some were jumping up and down. There was confusion. One man had something in his hand and each man that seen it became as crazy as the other who seen it. For a long time Chief Goose did not realize these men had discovered gold. As the news was wired throughout the U.S., people swarmed the Black Hills. The other Chiefs at Standing Rock blamed Chief Goose for guiding Custer into the Hills; on that account he was never popular with them. Chief Goose continued scouting, escorting, and roaming throughout his life. Chief Goose was one of the Chief’s appointed by the government. He was always fair with his entire band when they received rations. In a return trip from the Little Missouri River, North Dakota he became ill and died at Keldron, South Dakota and is buried in Fort Yates.