Seneca Chief, Army General: A Story About Ely Parker

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Ely Parker grew up on the Tonawanda Reservation in New York during the 1830s. There he learned the ways of his people, the Seneca Indians. Soon Ely began to learn about the white Americans around him, too. After he worked for years to save his reservation from a land company, his people made him a sachem, or chief. Later he served in the Civil War. He eventually became a United States general and led the agency in charge of Indian affairs.

Pages: 64

Pages: 64


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Biography of the Seneca Indian who helped save his people’s land, was elected a sachem, served in the Union Army, became a general, and was named commissioner of Indian affairs." Students will enjoy reading about this chief who lived in both the Native American and white worlds.




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