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George P. Belden "White Chief" died 1871


Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 2/17/2016 at 22:22:47

Dubuque Herald, Tuesday Morning, September 12, 1871

A Famous Indian Scout Murdered

Special Dispatch to the Dubuque Herald
SIOUX CITY, Sept. 11.

George P. Belden, a well-known Indian guide scout, was murdered Sept. 1st, while on the way from Grand River Agency, Dakota, to Grass Camp, a Blackfoot Sioux encampment, some thirty-five miles distant. His body was found in a pool of water, about thirteen miles from Grand River, with a bullet hole in the head. The deed is supposed to have been committed by a hostile Unkapapa Indian, who had been seen near the agency, a short time previous. Belden was known among the Indians as the White Chief, and was greatly feared among the Indians. He was a writer of marked ability, and for the past few years has been a regular correspondent of several eastern papers, and his writing were compiled a few months since by General Brisbie and published in a book from under the title of Belden, or the White Chief.

A republican mass meeting was held at Missouri Valley today. About 2,000 people were present; the meeting was addressed by Hon. Wm. B. Allison and ex-governor Samuel Kirkwood.


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