05 July 2016

Chief Satanta

5 July 1871  

On this date in 1871...

In a trial at Jacksboro, Texas, Kiowa chiefs Satanta and Big Tree were found guilty of murdering wagon drivers in a raid and sentenced to hang. Satanta warned the court, "If you kill me, it will be a spark on the prairie. Make big fire-burn heap." He promised that if released he would withdraw his warriors from Texas.

Fearing a Kiowa uprising, the Texas governor commuted the sentences to life in prison. Both Indians were freed. Satanta would later be returned to prison and commit suicide by jumping off a balcony in 1874.

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