“Longtime Squirrel, Mesamikayisi”

LONGTIME SQUIRRELIn the 1890’s Longtime Squirrel was one of a cattle-killing ring that was caught and sent to prison.  Because he had given much of the meat to starving members of the tribe, his actions were praised by his people.  After his release from prison, he had a vision about horses wandering freely on the prairie as far as the eye could see.  Taking this as a sign, he began to riase his own stock and by 1939 had almost 700 head, one the the largest herds on the Blood Reserve.  He kept them as a sign of wealth and also provided rodeo stock for wild horse races and bucking horse competitions.  Three time a member of the Horn Society, he owned a medicine pipe and belonged to several other religious societies.  He died in l945.

History in Their Blood by  Hugh A. Dempsey

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~ by sonia011 on August 12, 2009.

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