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".