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Indianola in Red Willow County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Pawnee Woman’s Grave

 
 
Pawnee Woman’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, October 27, 2011
1. Pawnee Woman’s Grave Marker
Inscription.  The Republican Valley was the center of one of the major buffalo ranges of the Great Plains. It was a favorite hunting ground of several Indian tribes. Pawnee, Sioux, Oto and Cheyenne spent much time here as late as 1874. These tribal hunts, however, created problems, for they brought together tribes traditionally at war.

The major encounter in the region was the Battle of Massacre Canyon, fought on August 5, 1873. It took place twenty-five miles west of here near present Trenton. A thousand Sioux warriors surprised and defeated a Pawnee hunting party of 350 men, women and children, killing 69 of them. The Pawnee retreated to this vicinity, where they mourned their dead throughout the night.

One survivor was a severely wounded Pawnee woman, whose child had been killed in the battle. A homesteader found her a few miles upstream and brought her here to Indianola a frontier settlement established in 1872. The woman was cared for by the settlers until she died a few days later. A crude coffin was prepared, and she was buried on the banks of Coon Creek. Her body was reburied here in 1975 by the community during the American Revolution
Wide view of Pawnee Woman’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, October 27, 2011
2. Wide view of Pawnee Woman’s Grave Marker
Bicentennial Year. Representatives of the Pawnee Indian Tribe took part in the ceremony.
 
Erected by Bicentennial Ladies Group and Nebraska State Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 40° 14.088′ N, 100° 25.319′ W. Marker is in Indianola, Nebraska, in Red Willow County. Marker is on U.S. 34 0.1 miles west of 7th Street, on the right when traveling west. Located in city park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianola NE 69034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George William Norris (approx. 11 miles away); George W. Norris Home (approx. 11 miles away).
 
Pioneer Squaw image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, October 27, 2011
3. Pioneer Squaw
Wounded by Indian arrows and left for dead in battle between Sioux and Pawnee t Massacre Canyon on August 5, 1873. Was found by a hunter and brought to Indianola and left at the B. Korn where she died a few days later. Buried by L. H. and L. B. Korn and G. A. Hunter.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.
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