Poetry by Del "Abe" Jones

Speaking the truth about the Trail of Tears and other atrocities.

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Sitting Bull

A comprehensive page about the great Hunkpapa Chief Sitting Bull.

Wounded Knee

Learn the truth about what happened at Wounded Knee in 1890.

Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story

Learn more about the Leonard Peltier case. Watch "Incident at Oglala," a documentary produced and narrated by Robert Redford.

Lakota Heritage Language Page

Sitting Bull - great Lakota leader, Native American massacres, Custer
Sitting Bull - Hunkpapa Mystic

Black Kettle
This Cheyenne peace chief's sad story of trying his best to live in peace with the whites, only to be raided by a Colorado militia led by Colonel John Chivington at Sand Creek in 1864. Four years later George A. Custer led a charge on Black Kettle's peaceful camp and this time he was killed along with his wife.

Roman Nose
This Cheyenne war chief was a contemporary of Dull Knife. He was not so strong a character as the other, and was inclined to be pompous and boastful; but with all this he was a true type of native American in spirit and bravery.

Dull Knife
The life of Dull Knife, the Cheyenne, is a true hero tale.
Little Wolf
If any people ever fought for liberty and justice, it was the Cheyennes. If any ever demonstrated their physical and moral courage beyond cavil, it was this race of purely American heroes, among whom Little Wolf was a leader.
Native American massacres
A great page to learn about the Cherokee Nation
Trail of Tears Map
The Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Indian Tsali - a poem to tell of the Cherokee Spirit by LadyBleaux.
Cherokee Rose - another wonderful poem by LadyBleaux.

Geronimo's band was the last Apache fighting force.
Geronimo and Apache

Native Art Network

Quanah Parker - Comanche Chief in late 1800's
Quannah Parker - Comanche Chief

Quannah Parker
Learn about the great Comanche Chief Quannah Parker


IN GENERAL has plenty of good info regarding various subjects regarding the Nations. - A history of Native American Currency.

NATIVE AMERICAN HOMES: Most people think about tipi's when talking about Native American lodging, but this page tells about the various lodgings of Native Americans, from Adobe housing to Wickiups.

Native Art: We promote authentic Native American Art of the highest quality.

FOTOSEARCH has many Native American art pieces you can purchase

"For the best in Indian Jewely please visit"

Nakoma is an artist, writer, lecturer, singer and dancer.



An Englishman's Idea of the Old West

Councilfire - a great source for Native American information.

Thunder Mountain Monument in Nevada - five acres jam-packed with exotic folk art and architectural oddities.

Overland Trail.Com - Links to many different Native American sites.

The Spirit Is Up, just a wonderful site with poems of inspiration, Native greeting cards and more.

Poem about the injustice done to Leonard Peltier.

Poem about the tragedy at Wounded Knee.

Wonderful poem about the mighty buffalo.

Native American atrocities
This is an ongoing examination of
how the Native Americans were treated by
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Massacre at Sand Creek - Southern Cheyenne
Wounded Knee - Lakota
Bear River - Shoshone
The Potawatomi Trail of Death - 1838
Fort Jones Treaty - Shasta

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The whites honor the "Hermitage"
And the man who once lived there -
But, that leader of our Nation
Was cruel, unjust, unfair -
He ordered the removal
Of the Cherokee from their land
And forced them on a trek
That the Devil must have planned -
One thousand miles of misery -
Of pain and suffering -
Because greed of the white man
Could not even wait till spring -
We should bow our heads in shame
Even unto this day
About "The Trail Of Tears"
And those who died along the way.
It was October, eighteen thirty-eight
When seven thousand troops in blue
Began the story of the "Trail"
Which, so sadly, is so true -
Jackson ordered General Scott
To rout the Indian from their home -
The "Center Of The World" they loved -
The only one they'd known -
The Braves working in the fields
Arrested, placed in a stockade -
Women and children dragged from home
In the bluecoats shameful raid -
Some were prodded with bayonets
When, they were deemed to move too slow
To where the Sky was their blanket
And the cold Earth, their pillow -
In one home a Babe had died
Sometime in the night before -
And women mourning, planning burial
Were cruelly herded out the door -
In another, a frail Mother -
Papoose on back and two in tow
Was told she must leave her home
Was told that she must go -
She uttered a quiet prayer -
Told the old family dog good-bye -
Then, her broken heart gave out
And she sank slowly down to die -
Chief Junaluska witnessed this -
Tears streaming down his face -
Said if he could have known this
It would have never taken place -
For, at the battle of Horse Shoe
With five hundred Warriors, his best -
Helped Andrew Jackson win that battle
And lay thirty-three Braves to rest -
And the Chief drove his tomahawk
Through a Creek Warrior's head
Who was about to kill Jackson -
But whose life was saved, instead -
Chief John Ross knew this story
And once sent Junaluska to plead -
Thinking Jackson would listen to
This Chief who did that deed -
But, Jackson was cold, indifferent
To the one he owed his life to
Said, "The Cherokee's fate is sealed -
There's nothing, I can do."

Washington, D.C. had decreed
They must be moved Westward -
And all their pleas and protests
To this day still go unheard.
On November, the seventeenth
Old Man Winter reared his head -
And freezing cold, sleet and snow
Littered that trail with the dead
On one night, at least twenty-two
Were released from their torment
To join that Great Spirit in the Sky
Where all good souls are sent -
Many humane, heroic stories
Were written 'long the way -
A monument, for one of them -
Still stands until this day -
It seems one noble woman
It was Chief Ross' wife -
Gave her blanket to a sick child
And in so doing, gave her life -
She is buried in an unmarked grave -
Dug shallow near the "Trail" -
Just one more tragic ending
In this tragic, shameful tale -
Mother Nature showed no mercy
Till they reached the end of the line
When that fateful journey ended
On March twenty-sixth, eighteen thirty-nine.
Each mile of this infamous "Trail"
Marks the graves of four who died -
Four thousand poor souls in all
Marks the shame we try to hide -
You still can hear them crying
Along "The Trail Of Tears"
If you listen with your heart
And not with just your ears.
The above poem was provided to me by Del "Abe" Jones
The preceding was partly inspired by a story told to children by John Burnett on the occasion of his eightieth birthday in 1890. It was printed in a book titled "Cherokee Legends And The Trail Of Tears", adapted by Thomas Bryan Underwood.

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Black Kettle : The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace But Found War

Synopsis: Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Geronimo. Their names ring down through history as symbols of noble defiance against overwhelming odds. These great warrior chiefs challenged the might of theU.S. Army in desperate and doomed attempts to end white encroachment on their land and preserve their traditional ways of life. We honor their memories not for their success, but for their courage. There was another great chief, no lesscourageous, who believed that the only way to save his people was by waging ...

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