posted on Mar, 4 2019 @ 04:38 PM
Because he was half white, allegedly (all in the doccie above), unlike other Native Americans the local whites actually cheered him on, every-time he
avoided capture with his band.
That's "our boy", giving the cavalry the run-around.
Whether he received active support at times, well who knows?
But it was a lost cause eventually, and he had to surrender or face annihilation.
Then a second life began.
First not very good.
Due to corrupt agents and bad economic times in general, the Indians began to starve.
That is when he truly rose for his people.
Because he realized ranchers were driving huge herds of cattle across the reservation.
And due to his savvy and standing he organized that each bovine was worth taxes, he made a deal with ranchers which saved his tribe from starvation
and made him quite rich.
He was much paraded about eventually, and authorities ignored his long hair and status as a leader in the peyote religion.
Eventually he passed away as a citizen much beloved and respected by both the "white" and "Indian" cultures.
edit on 4-3-2019 by halfoldman
because: (no reason given)