The hard winter comes early. Many Indians resign from war. Indian agencies are established, and some Indian bands go to the agencies. Those who do not, like Black Elk's group, are almost starving. The Indians eat their ponies that died of starvation. In November, Col. Mackenzie attacks a band of Shyelas as they sleep, many of them fighting naked in the snow. Those who survived joined Black Elk's people, but there was nothing to eat; they headed for Soldiers' Town to surrender.Crazy Horse is acting stranger. In January, General Miles attacks their camp on the Tongue River. The Indians have little ammunition and retreat, in a blizzard, to the Little Powder. In February or March, Spotted Tail, Crazy Horse's uncle, comes to try to convince Crazy Horse to surrender to the whites. In April, they head for Soldiers' Town (Fort Robinson), and Black Elk hears a rumor that
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