Back in the Rocky Mountain
headquarters of the Tribe Of the Eagle, there was tremendous excitement.
With the six warriors on their way to contact the six major tribe's,
there was much to be done! Every day was filled with excitement
and enthusiasm. The warriors worked hard on improving their already
significant fighting skills. Every woman worked hard to prepare
the tribe for movement, if necessary. They also prepared provisions
for Thunder Wolf, his son "Thunder Warrior", and the
tribal spiritual leaders for their journey to the upcoming meeting
with the never before seen tribal leaders that the six warriors
were in the process of contacting.
this time, Thunder Wolf was getting old, and his half-white son
Thunder Warrior, who was a formidable fighter, with great intelligence,
was to lead the tribe's warriors on this mission. Thunder Warrior
was an extremely good looking, tall man with long dark jet black
hair and piercing brown eyes. As Thunder Wolf's son, he had been
exposed to all of the information that had been brought into the
tribe from the outside world. Furthermore, he was the tribe's best
martial artist, and one of the best weapons and explosive's experts.
The elite warriors
who had been selected would travel to different Reservations in
order to bring the six major western tribe's together to discuss
the reemergence of the Tribe of the Eagle, and the decision that
they had made. There was the Lakota Sioux Nation on the Pine Ridge
Reservation in Southwest South Dakota and the Sisseton Reservation
in Northeastern South Dakota. The Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah,
Oklahoma. The Commanche Nation in Lawton, Oklahoma. The Apache Nation
in Northeast Arizona. The Cheyenne Nation in Lame Deer, Montana,
and the Nez Perce Nation in Lapwai, Idaho. While there were many
other major tribes that could be contacted, this was the starting
point for the Tribe of the Eagle.
Sonny Boy was on
his way to meet with the Spiritual Leaders of the great Lakota Sioux
Nation. His first stop would be in southeastern South Dakota, at
the revered Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Then he was to go into
northeastern South Dakota to the Sisseton Indian Reservation. Sonny
Boy carried a Glock 9mm, semi automatic pistol with plenty of ammunition,
in case he encountered trouble. He also carried a two shot Derringer,
which he kept concealed on a spring loaded, slide mechanism, located
on his right forearm. This was in the event of sudden, unexpected
danger, he could simply move his wrist to the right, and this motion
would cause the Derringer to "spring" into his hand, and
a shot could be gotten off in the "blink of an eye", with
the person that was shot, really never even knowing what had happened.
His goal, as he
left Colorado, was to hitch hike north, along Interstate 25, up
into Wyoming. Then he would hitch hike east along Route 20 into
Nebraska, and then take Route 27 north into South Dakota, and into
Pine Ridge. As Sonny Boy began hitch hiking along I-25, he was almost
immediately picked up by a tractor-trailer rig. The driver, George
Webster, was a hard-nosed old tractor-trailer driver, about 57 years
old. His tough exterior was not his true way, but simply the way
many truckers are until you get to know them, and they feel comfortable
with you. Sonny Boy was easy to feel comfortable with, as his great
people skills, and tremendous sense of humor made it easy for anybody
to feel relaxed and comfortable with him.
Sonny Boy had never
seen a car or a truck before in his life, so the experience was
really something strange for him. The tribe had done the best that
they could to prepare each of the six for their journeys, which
included sessions with Thunder Wolf's wife, Sarah, who was a white
woman from the twentieth century world who had been brought back
by warriors during a foray many years earlier. Things like trailer
trucks, cars and airplanes are incredibly hard to envision, if you've
never seen them before, so Sarah did the best that she could to
prepare them for what they would encounter! Sonny Boy and George
were getting along great, even though Sonny Boy had a terrible dislike
for white men and spoke only broken English. George obviously knew
that Sonny Boy was a Native American, so it was easy for Sonny Boy
to keep the talk geared towards Native American information.
Boy told George that he was traveling for the first time in his
life, and that he had grown up in a remote section of a reservation.
He told George that this was his first exposure to the outside world.
George was very helpful in telling Sonny Boy about many things about
the world. As talk turned toward the Pine Ridge Reservation, George
had many sad and terrible tales for Sonny Boy. George told Sonny
Boy about how Leonard Peltier, a Native American scapegoat was imprisoned
and held against his will in a Federal Prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.
He told Sonny Boy that this had been the result of what everyone
knew to be a Federal Government conspiracy against him. He told
Sonny Boy about the original trial, the illegal extradition of Peltier
from Canada, the ridiculous parole farces that had always kept Leonard
in prison, even in spite of health problems and many more details
that interested Sonny Boy.
Sonny Boy was enraged,
but never let George realize the extent of his anger at what George
had been kind enough to tell him. The information did however reaffirm
his resolve to see the Tribe of the Eagles mission was to
be fulfilled! It would take many hours to cover the several hundred
miles to Orin, Wyoming, where Sonny Boy would be dropped off.
The two stopped
at a large truck stop for lunch in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Sonny Boy
was amazed at all that he saw. The two ordered lunch. Their waitress
was very friendly, and Sonny Boy felt very comfortable. Many of
the truckers knew George, and shook his hand with enthusiastic greetings.
George introduced Sonny Boy to everyone that he knew. They were
all very nice to him. It felt really good, thought Sonny Boy. George
paid for Sonny Boy's lunch, and Sonny Boy was very thankful. As
the two drove along, Sonny Boy couldn't help but be amazed at the
gear shifting, and other driving techniques that George used to
make the big truck go. He kept asking questions, which George always
politely answered. Finally, around Chugwater, Wyoming, George pulled
off to the side of the road and asked Sonny Boy if he would like
to try to drive the big rig. George was running empty, and he wasn't
on any pressing time-table for once, so he thought that maybe Sonny
Boy would like to try it. Sonny Boy's face lit up like a little
kids. He was really excited about George's question. Sonny Boy said
that he would like to try, so they switched seats.
everything to Sonny Boy, then he helped Sonny Boy get the rig ready
to roll. Sonny Boy couldn't stop grinning. This was really fun!
Finally, he got it going after an expected jerky beginning. George
coached him through the gears, and since the driving was going to
be relatively straight, he let Sonny Boy drive for about 30 miles.
Just before Wheatland, Wyoming, the two switched around again. Sonny
Boy was ecstatic. He kept thanking George over, and over again.
As they finally approached Orin, George asked Sonny Boy if he needed
Sonny Boy thanked
him, but said no. George told Sonny Boy how much he had enjoyed
meeting him, and he wished him all the best in the world. Sonny
Boy told George how much he had enjoyed meeting him, and thanked
him for all of his kindness. As the big rig slowed down, and the
air brakes hissed, the rig came to a stop and George shook Sonny
Boy's hand. He also urged Sonny Boy to be careful. Travel in general
can be dangerous, but in particular, as an unknown person at Pine
Ridge, and not knowing anyone there, he needed to be very careful,
because as a result of all that has happened there through the years,
strangers are not well received by most.
Sonny Boy waved
as George drove off. He thought about how nice he had been. He thought
briefly about what his message would mean to the world that George
knew, but all in all, it didn't matter. The Tribe of the Eagle had
a mission to perform, and that was all that mattered. Then he thought
about the next portion of his journey.
9 To Be Continued
© 2003 Geoff
Hampton is an internationally known author, speaker, motivator and
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