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Shape Shifter

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Scaramouche, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    Born in Indian Territory; Ned Christie worked as a blacksmith and gunsmith, he also served on the Cherokee National Council. A staunch advocate for tribal independence, he opposed the railroads entering Cherokee lands.


    On May 5, 1887, Christie was in Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation capital, when Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Maples was shot and killed just outside town as he tried to arrest outlaw Bill Pigeon. Although he adamantly denied any involvement in the Maples killing, the crime was pinned on Christie. When Judge Isaac Parker issued an arrest warrant, Christie refused to surrender, fearing that as a Cherokee he would not be given a fair trial.

    Christie stayed on the dodge from the law for the next five years, despite the efforts of many officers, including Bass Reeves and Heck Thomas. During one siege, a posse burned down his cabin and badly wounded Christie in the head, leaving him blind in one eye. Still, he remained at large, thanks to a vast network of family and friends who never doubted his innocence.

    According to Cherokee lore, Christie became a shape shifter and could elude the white man by transforming himself into an owl or razorback hog.

    On November 3, 1892, however, he met his end. Deputy U.S. Marshal Paden Tolbert and a sixteen man posse surrounded Christie's reinforced stronghold. After a small cannon failed to dislodge Christie, his pursuers resorted to dynamite. Forced out of his hiding place, he emerged with his guns blazing, a barrage of rifle fire cut him down.

    His body was tied to a plank door and placed on display in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and later in Fort Smith with a rifle propped in his arms.


    In 1922, new evidence came to light fully exonerating him of the murder of Maples, thirty years to late.

    Today Christie is honored by a plaque at the Cherokee Court House in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the oldest building in the state. The memorial reads that he was "assassinated by U.S. Marshals in 1892".

  2. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Great read, mouche! Thanks for sharing! I'd heard the name Ned Christie, but not the story. Much thanks!!
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  3. wcanterbury

    wcanterbury NRA Life Member, GOA Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Thanks much! Never heard the story.
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  4. shortround

    shortround Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Really interesting
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  5. 1911wheelsnomore

    1911wheelsnomore Says become a Supporting Addict

    May 12, 2015
    You uncover some really peculiar history.
    That's very interesting but kind of creepy.
    Hey let's put the dead Indian on a board and take him from town to town for folks to see.
    Da... What?
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  6. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2015
    Reminds me of the end of Unforgiven.
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  7. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    It wasn't an uncommon practice, and like Mr. Givens alludes to, if it was your friend you might take offence


  8. shortround

    shortround Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Can you imagine how people would react if we displayed criminals like this now a days. We are pretty soft compared to our ancestors. I wonder if it would have any affect on crime?
  9. wcanterbury

    wcanterbury NRA Life Member, GOA Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    With our twisted society today, it would probably make common criminals into revered martyrs. :(
  10. jrj

    jrj Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2016
    Or give them a goal to earn.
  11. shortround

    shortround Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    So sad but so true
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  12. Jennifers

    Jennifers New Member

    Oct 4, 2017
    Not the first man to be murdered by Federal Marshals and not the last. The murders of innocent people by the feds goes on.

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