At Fort Dodge in April 1867, Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, then commander of the Department of the Missouri, which embraced Missouri, Kansas,Colorado, and New Mexico, reminded several Arapaho chiefs, including Little Raven, of some hard realities.
“You know well that the game is getting very scarce,” lectured Hancock,
“and that you must soon have some other means of living; you should therefore cultivate the friendship of the white man, so that when the game is all gone, they may take care of you if necessary.
Theodore R. Davis, “The Buffalo Range,”Harper’s New Monthly Magazine 3 8 (January1869): 153; Colonel R. B. Marcy, Thirty Years of Army Life on the Border (1866; reprint, Philadelphia,1963), 301.
Little Raven, also known as Hosa (Young Crow), (born ca. 1810 — died 1889) was from about 1855 until his death in 1889 a principal chief of the Southern Arapaho Indians. He negotiated peace between the Southern Arapaho and Cheyenne and the Comanche, Kiowa, and Plains Apache. He also secured rights to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation in Indian Territory.