Satanta a Kiowa Chief


     Known to the whites as Satanta, this Kiowa chief's tribal name was Set-tain-te (White Bear). Perhaps the best known leader of his tribe in the 1860's-1870's, he was equally regarded for his warrior prowess and oratorical powers.In 1868, a young Kiowa was killed at a white man's camp near Fort Zarah. Only the intervention of Satanta prevented a serious confrontation between Fort Zarah troops and the Kiowa warriors. Regardless, later in the day the soldiers marched on the Kiowa camp located on the nearby Arkansas River. While the warriors formed a line of defense, the women and children leaped into the river to effect an escape. In so doing, several children were drowned.

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