Tyendinaga Chiefs Congratulate Sir John A.

1878
Chiefs of the Six Nations at Brantford, Canada, explaining their wampum belts to Horatio Hale September 14, 1871.  Source: Horatio Hale, Smithsonian Institution.Pinterest
Chiefs of the Six Nations at Brantford, Canada, explaining their wampum belts to Horatio Hale September 14, 1871. Image shows Joseph Snow (Hahriron), Onondaga Chief;George H. M. Johnson (Deyonhehgon), Mohawk chief, Government interpreter and son of John Smoke Johnson; John Buck (Skanawatih), Onondaga chief, hereditary keeper of the wampum; John Smoke Johnson (Sakayenkwaraton), Mohawk chief, speaker of the council; Isaac Hill (Kawenenseronton), Onondaga chief, fire keeper; John Seneca Johnson (Kanonkeredawih), Seneca chief. Source: Horatio Hale, Smithsonian Institution.

In 1878 the six chiefs at Tyendinaga offered a congratulatory address to Sir John A. on his return to power. The address reads, in part: "We cannot refrain from telling you the peculiar pleasure we experienced on hearing that you had become the head of the Department of the Interior and consequently Superintendent General of Indian Affairs as we have long been aware of the great interest you have always taken and shown for our people in this Dominion."

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