Evening Star (WashDC 08Nov1877 Ponca Chiefs Arrive in Washington
Oar Sf? Indian VI?lior<t ARRIVAL OF POKCA CHIEFS. This morning the western tram of the Bait!more and Ohio railroad brought to this city Major E. A. Howard, the agent of the Ponca Indians, ami a delegation of the chiefs or principal men of that tribe. Major Howard has with him Mr. E. Willard, his clerk; Baptist* Ban aby and Charles LeClair, han breeds, as interpreters. and I he following Indian cbletsWhite Eagle, Standing Buftalo, Bic Elk, Standing Bear, Bia^kCrow, Sraofce Maker. Frank LaKlish half brcel), The Chief. Mitchell Heme (half breed), Hairy Bear and Big Snake. On their arrival they were at once conveyed to the Washington House, where Uiey were assigned comfortable quarter??a large room, fitted np with beds and chairs, belr.g assigned the chiefs, and afler a short rest they took breakfast. THKIR APVKAKANCK. In amxaranee they all look very mucn al'ke. Their uses ia>ge from 35 to 5() years. Tliey are a remarkably well developed set of men,all ranging from .?> f?et * inches to'", feet in height. White Eagle is the principal chief. He is tall and athletic, and wears a white shirt, blanket, and leggings with the sides worked with bead", and mo'caslns. He has armle's between <he shoulder and elbow. Standing Butl'alo is another finelootcmg mau. He robes himself in a blaeki figured blanket. The other chiefs wear tlgultd shirts. Standing Bear boasting of one with a fancy worked injsoni. None of them wear ai?v head Iress, their luxuriant growth of jet nlark lutir being an vie protection for the head. They seem to regard the armlets and finger rings as indispensible. and some of them have tings on every linger. H aul lug Br.italo and Mitchell Serrie were here 18 years since, and the others are total stratiI geis to the eas<trn states. FRIEUDH OF T1IK WHITE MAW. It is one of their hoasts that a Poaca has never shed the blood of a white man, and their interpreters claim that of all the tribes they are the best, disposed of any of those who are not regarded as fully civilized. They had been lor some years located in Dakota, on the border laud ot-tween civilization and the wild tribes, and they bad b:^n engaged principally in the cultivation of t'ie soil. They lived in log eanins and frame buildings, ha\ing their own horses, farming implements, and schools. They ware, however, removed by the government, last July, to the Indian territory, ami hsd to resort to w ig warns for shelter for the titno being. WHAT THEY WANT. They do not express any dissatisfaction at the removal, but claim that they should be paid for their crops which were left In the ground, and there snould be a better understanding as to the land, and that a claim they have against the Sioux should i>e P-.id or secured to Ihern by tne govt rnment. They now number about *00 souls. They will also ask assis'Hnce to educate their children. They will call at the Wnlte House to-morrow, "when the President will listen to their claims.