Author reflects on the life of David Pendleton Oakerhater, a Cheyenne Indian and Episcopal saint, one of whose name was Making Medicine. "As most of us know thirty-two Cheyenne men and one woman were accused of participating in atrocities committed at Adobe Walls in the central panhandle of Texas in 1874. I often think of how the 33 Cheyenne people were accused and immediately chained as prisoners and transported to Fort Sill and then east all the way to St. Augustine, Florida. They were imprisoned at Fort Marion from May of 1875 to April of 1878. The fact that there was no trial for the accused should always be remembered. It is a blight on America's western history. Did we learn from that episode ? I don't think so. If we to look at what has been happening, or more specifically, what has not been happening, in terms of justice, at Guantanamo Bay, we can conclude that there is a repeat of history. So much for that sermonette" (p. 48-49). Making Medicine and some of the others imprisoned with him were artists and some of the drawings they produced of the Cheyenne Sun Dance have survived. Articles includes a description of the importance of the Sun Dance in Cheyenne culture and the history of Cheyenne conflict with the American army between 1867 and 1875.
Author is "Hereditary Peace Chief of the Cheyenne Nation of Oklahoma ... [and] a kinsman of St. David Pendleton Oakerhater. A Mennonite minister, he has frequently participated in Episcopal celebrations honoring the first Native American named to the Calendar of Saints. Included as follows is Hart's homily on the occasion of the dedication of the Oakerhater Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Oklahoma City, January 2004".