Manners played as large a part in the social lives of early Oklahoma Indians as it does with the whites of today. Tribes had a habit of visiting each other in large bodies, and in 1886 a group of 3,000 Cheyennes camped on the Chicaskia River to repay a French-Ponca visit to their tribe a few months earlier. Definitely meat-eaters, the guest devoured Antoine Roy's herd of 100 fat cattle and began on those owned by other Poncas, almost putting the entire tribe out of the cattle business permanently. From that time, the Cheyennes were not invited to Ponca pow-wows until 1921. During the 1921 visit, Col. Joe Miller controlled their diet by donating 52 beeves and one buffalo to the gathering with orders for no "seconds".




Ponca City News
Ponca City, Oklahoma
September 14, 1952
Found on page 126 of NCOHA's award winning book.