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John Dives Backward

John Dives Backward, a Northern Cheyenne 12 year old in 1876, was among the first of the tribe at the start of the Little Big Horn to see the approach of attacking troopers under Reno. He later fought valiantly with other youngsters under the Cheyenne Chief Ice.

"The son of Chief Ice sang out encouragement 'only heaven and earth last long: I do not.' This got us to our feet and running up the slopes. Poorly armed, I knew I would fight to the death, if I had to, even with my quirt."
Busby MT 1941

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