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Great Grandfather's Montana Journey: The Irish Horseman and the Northern Cheyenne


with Philip Burgess

poet and writer

Philip Burgess tells the story of his great grandfather’s sojourn on the 19th-century American frontier, first as witness to the Santee Sioux uprising during the Civil War, then as a pioneer in northeastern Nebraska, and then as Boss Farmer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana during its very early years, where he and his family were witnesses to great violence and suffering. George Burgess found himself caught in a conflict between hungry, fearful, angry Cheyenne and local white ranchers who were violently opposed to the presence of the Cheyenne. Eventually the Burgesses had to flee for their lives.