Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 21, 2016

Pyramid Lake: Eagle Staff Run and Honoring Warriors of 1860

Photos by Carl Bad Bear Sampson and Buck Sampson

Article by Brenda Norrell
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PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE NATION -- The Eagle Staff War Memorial Run recounted the Pyramid Lake War of 1860. The nine mile run on Friday, May 20, 2016, ended with a feed for the people. 
Buck Sampson said, "It was the Eagle Staff War Memorial Run for the War Between the Calvary and the Indians at Pyramid Lake in 1860, told by the Indians and their descendants who fought to save the Natives. It was the Indians telling their side of the story of how it all started."
"Two white traders kidnapped two Indian girls, nine and twelve, and raped and molested them for a week. Indians found the girls tied up in their cellar and the Indians killed the five white men there," Sampson told Censored News.
"Volunteers from Virginia City went to Pyramid Lake to teach the Indians a lesson. Some of the warriors stayed back, allowing the women and children to escape to main camps in Nixon, Nevada, at Pyramid Lake."
Sampson said that at Pyramid Lake, they had two wars.
"Indians defeated the volunteers in the first battle. Major Ormsby was killed in the war by Paiute Indians. Native casualties weren't bad compared to the Calvary.
"Then, at the Mudd Lake Massacre in 1865, the Calvary wiped out women and children, and the old men, at Mud Lake."

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