A Little known relative of Sitting Bull - the one who appointed Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, Chief Gall, Chief Red Cloud and other "famous Indians" to their "positions" - Chief John Grass, was the Grand Treaty Chief, and he knew well, as did Sitting Bull and the others, the "ways" of the white man.
It is true that the huge and heartbreaking responsibility of negotiating and treaty making did not rest with Sitting Bull nor with Crazy Horse (thus they were not signers nor negotiators of any of the treaties). However, that highly unenviable job rested squarely on the shoulders of the dynasty of traditional and spiritual chiefs who fervently prayed and took into consideration seven generations ahead in any and all decisions and negotiations they had to make with the arrogant leaders of the imposing crowds of settlers disrespectfully and greedily swarming the sacred lands that had been so meticulously kept pristine for many generations previous to the invasion.
Thus to protect his family and nation, and preserve the work he and his fellow treaty chiefs had prayerfully done on behalf of their sovereign nation, Chief John Grass instructed his family and nation to keep his roll in all the affairs of this sovereign nation (now known as the L.D.N. – Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Nation) secret until the "time is right".
Now, working with Chief John Grass's seventh generation descendants, as a labor of love and volunteerism, with no outside funding resources at present, I am hoping to finally help him publish long held manuscripts about his great grandfather, Chief John Grass’ life and story. This story of the chief strategist of the Battle of the Little Bighorn will finally and accurately relate his first hand agonizing thought process involved in negotiating and signing the many treaties still in place with the U.S. Military Government by International Law. These manuscripts along with Chief Richard Grass’s ongoing work will hopefully now find responsive hearts while opening eyes of understanding about this rich culture, language and beautifully spiritual way of life almost lost within a dominating culture. These manuscripts offer a wealth of “new” information not understood nor reported by “white” historians, and would make an excellent full feature movie to fill in "the rest of the story". Here is an excerpt from the manuscripts...
“7. Mato Watapke, Charging Bear, the first son of Used As Their Shield, is better known to white history as ‘John Grass’ – John Grass of Sioux wars and treaty fame. To the Sioux he was known as the Sovereign who “with the Pipe held before him”, led his people along the compulsory new road white men had made with their sharp guns and cannon.As a youth and young warrior he knew the wonder of this shining land even as he realized the blight that threatened it. At the age of fourteen he had been taken by his father and grandfather to the Laramie Treaty of 1851 and there witnessed at first hand “the pattern of the white brother’s behavior”. In 1864 he watched his people struck by General Sully as they peacefully hunted buffalo and he vowed he would find a way to “the stand between them and white soldiers”. This book is an effort to show his struggle. He was a sovereign from 1873 until his death in 1918 at the age of eighty-one."
On behalf of Chief John Grass' descendent, Traditional, Spiritual and Dynastic Treaty Chief Richard Grass I have posted his official web site that gives further excerpt of the John Grass manuscripts and Chief Richard Grass’ current work as dynastic Grand and Treaty Chief on behalf of his people and a still sovereign nation to "stand between them and the white soldiers" and to let the truth be known.
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