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Foolish Elk's Story of the Battle, #2
SPOTTED CALF CUSTER'S SLAYER, AGED INDIAN EYEWITNESS SAYS
Mitchell, S. D. -- Out of a mass of contradictory story and legend, Foolish Elk, Brule Sioux Indian and an eyewitness of the death of General George A. Custer, has emerged to name Spotted Calf, Santee member of Chief Inkpaduta's band, as the real slayer of the cavalry leader at the battle of the Little Big Horn.
Foolish Elk, 80 years old now and blind, unable to read or speak the English language, unaware of the long controversy over Custer's death, has told his story to William J. Bordeaux, federal Indian interpreter for the United States district attorney at Sioux Falls, S. D., who presents the new version of the slaying in a copyrighted article in the Mitchell Republican.
For Bordeaux, himself a quarter-blood Brule Sioux, the evidence of the old Indian culminates a long effort to discover Custer's actual slayer. The effort was begun by Bordeaux's father, Louis, now, dead, long an Indian trader.
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