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Speech to the Congressional Committee

During another trip to Washington in 1884, she spoke before a congressional subcommittee on Indian affairs to plead for federal lands for a tribal reservation.
"I was born somewhere near 1844, but I am not sure of the precise time.  I was a very small child when the first white people came into our country.  They came like a lion, yes, like a roaring lion, and have continued to come ever since, and I have never forgotten their coming.  My people were scattered at that time over nearly all the territory now known as Nevada.  My grandfather was chief of the entire Piute nation, and was camped near Humboldt Lake, with a small portion of his tribe, when a party travelling eastward from California was seen coming.  When the news was brought to my grandfather, he asked what they looked like?  When told that they had hair on their faces, and were white, he jumped up and clasped his hands together, and cried aloud, "My white brothers, -- my long-looked for white brothers have come at last." "

Reader: Alex Voorhees

Photo Credits:
Nevada Historical Society