Making Medicine. O-kuh-ha-tuh
Cheyenne Ft. Marion POW.
a.k.a. David Pendleton Oakerhater, one of the Ft. Marion artists.  Born 1842 and died in 1931, was canonized by the Episcopal Church in 1986. See  Arthur & Shifra Silberman collection.

   David Pendleton, known among the Florida Boys as Making Medicine, is now in the Territory, laboring in connection with the Rev. Mr. Wicks as a lay preacher.  This letter from him which we give to our readers, will show how earnest is his zeal in the work to which he felt himself called. 
                                     CHEYENNE AND ARAPAHOE AGENCY, IND. TER. 
                                                                                                       Jan. 4th. 1883. 
   MY DEAR CAPT. PRATT,-Your good letter come to me when I was received your kind letter and made me great delighted tp hear that great many Indian children go study very hard and learn the white man way and want to know how read God Bible and write a letters.  I know that great many white people very kind to us and show us that he is the Son of God is way I have been sitting and thinking about that is very good for us Christian civil people come up everywhere Indian country and teach to us and pray for us great deal and tell us that only one god in heaven and pray to him that great Fatherup heaven I think afterward all Indian tribes understand God is way and love him and pray great deal I know that my poor heathen people making medicine dances that makes great trouble I want you to tell Washington Indian medicine dance cut. I think I know all good white people they want better way that he is way the Son of God and also you want the same way and so you best to help Indian children and show Bible read and thank you My Dear Capt. Pratt God knows you and grant help you in your work I know before that made me sergeant what you say to me I will try hard to right you know how it is I love you I hope sometime to see you and shake hand with you. Oh! how much I glad see you since my return all the time think very often my kind friend at the East also Mr. Wicks want poor heathen medicine cut and want new better way that is all from your loving friend. 
                            DAVID PENDLETON. 
   January 1883 MORNING STAR.

Died, on the 5th inst at her home, Darlington, Indian Ter., Susie Pendleton, wife of ev. David Pendleton. Susie was a good Christian woman and a kind and faithful wife. David has the sympathy of his friends at Carlisle. February 28, 1890 INDIAN HELPER
1892, Census of C&A, June 30th, 1892, shows # 1073 Carrie Roman Nose, daughter of White Man and Row Standing.
# 1087 shows David Pendleton Jr., son of Little Medicine, 49, and White Buffalo, 41.

Sipes Cheyenne Files, Boarding School Section, Carlisle Indian School. Text Copyright (c) John L. Sipe  2005.

A little daug. of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Whiteshield died friday nite and funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. P. Oakerhater on Sat. 
Colony Courier, Feb. 2, 1911. 

About four Thanksgiving feasts were servd in our little village at the happy home of Rev. D.P. Oakerhater, Howard Bird, Bird Seward and Crooked Nose at about 12:00 at which everybody had a big chuckaway on the Thanksgiving Day. 
Colony Courier, Dec. 14, 1911. 

Colony Enterprise, July 24, 1919. 
Rev. David Pendleton visited in the home of Chas. Murphy this week. 

Rev. David Oakerhater of Watonga and family will arrive Monday to attend Indian weddings this week. 
Arapaho Bee, May 21, 1920. 

Text Copyright (c) 2002 Sipes/Berthrong Collection. 

Major Artist.
R.H. Pratt, St. Augustine, Sept. 19, 1876, to Agent Miles.----Dr. Friend, I send here in money as follows-Long Back to his wife, $4.00; From Medicine Water to his mother, $1.00, Sister, $1.00, and three children $1.00 each- $5.00; From White man to his baby, $1.00; From Bear Shield to Jno F. Williams to be expended for Bear Shields wife, $2.00; From Making Medicine to his mother, $2.00. Total $14.00. I send by Str. to N. Y. and fast freight to Wichita a box of things to you for the families of the prisoners. A few send nothing. Have taken steps to hurry it through and anticipate it will get to Wichita in about three weeks. The enormous Ex. charges forbid it going that way. I leave the charges to be paid at your end. If you do not find a way to stand the whole or even a half notify me and I will make it some way and assist. Weight about 175#. Minimic says to tell his wife they are all out of kinnekenic. 
Letters Received, Central Superintendency, 1877. R. H. Pratt to Adjt. General of the Army, Washington, D.C. Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Fla., Feb.,20, 1877. 
I have the honor to report that the Indian Prisoners confined here have been counselling together for more than two weeks with a view of sending a talk to Washington in reference to their condition. A few evenings ago they notified me of their desires to make a talk and all gathered in one of the casemates when they put forward Making Medicine to speak of the young men first, and Minimic to follow in behalf of the old men. 
Mr. Fox, interperter, and I wrote down what they had to say which is here given in their own words. 
Making Medicine said- "I have learned to sing the saviors hymns and have given myself to him. Heretofore I have led a bad life on the plains, wandering around living in a house made of skins. I have now learned something of the Great Spirits road and want to learn more. We have lived in this old place for two years. It is old and we are young. we are tired to it. We want to go away from it, anywhere. We want Washington to give us our wives and children, our fathers and mothers and sent us somewhere, where we can settle down and live like white men. Washington has lots of good ground laying around loose, give us some of it and let us learn to make things grow. We want to farm the ground. We want a house and pigs and chickens and cows. We feel happy that we have learned so much, that we can teach our children. I speak for the young men. We want to work. We young men all belong to you. You have put a great deal into our hearts that was never there before. Our hearts are getting bigger every day. We are thankful for what we have learned. This is the feeling of all the young men that are here. We are willing to learn and want to work." 
Minimic talk for the Old Men- "It has been a long time since we came here. We came here with lying, and stealing, and killing in our hearts, but we have long ago thrown all that away. Today our hearts are glad. Our hearts are bigger and we are all glad for what we have learned. Two years have passed since we came here. We are tired of this old place. Altho our hearts are all glad, we want to go away from here. We want you to ask our Father in Washington to have mercy on us, and give us our wives and children and sent us some place where we can learn to live in peace and by our own labor. Ask Washington to give us some land. he has a great deal of it and might give us some to raise things on. Tell Washington to let us go back and get our wives and children and send us to a new country where we can learn to work and support ourselves. We can handle the ax and shovel if we are old. Ask Washington to let us go at it now and take it up right and learn at once. We want you to say a few good words and sent it to Washington too. This is what all the Kiowas, Comanches, and Cheyennes wanted me to say." 
All indications favor, that the best results will follow clemency and practical assistance to these people. Their conduct here is deserving of the highest meed of praise, and should be rewarded with a change of condition. A few of the old men would be an element of great good sent back to their tribes. The younger men can so easily be carried forward to industrious civilization that it would seem a sin to deny them the facilities but their women and children should be included, else, much labor is lost. 

Donald J.Berthrong Coll.- Cheyenne Prisoners Files, 2003 

32826/1926/Seger Agency/350----One Hill Testimony re: to Standing In Water(husband). 
Married by Indian Custom 54 years ago. Was only marriage for One Hill. Had 5 children and only 2 reached maturity. Standing In Water also married to Taking Off Dress. Lived with both at same time but seperated from Taking Off Dress a good many years ago. 2 children 
and only 1 reached maturity. 

Taking Off Dress married three times--(1) David Pendelton, seperated before 
allotments. (2) Standing In Water, seperated about 1902.(3) White Wolf, 
married about 1902. 1 son survives and 2 died. 

Calument Chieftain, May 26, 1916. 
The memorial service for Robert Little Man who died May 4th was well 
attended. Red Leaf and daug. prepared dinner. Rising Sun and wife of the 
South Canadian, Fighting Bull and wife of Kingfisher, David Pendelton and 
wife attended the memorial service. 

Text Copyright (c) 2003 John Sipes

The Cheyenne And Arapaho Messenger. Published Monthly by the Workers Conference of the missionaries in Oklahoma of the General Conference of Mennonites of North America
Vol. 1, Canton, Okla., Jan. 1930, No. 1.
This and That From the Various Districts.
Cantonment and Vicinity.
Frank Pendleton, who has found his life companion in the Cantonment community, does not forget his old father, David Pendleton, who lives in Watonga. Frank goes down there from time to time to look after the welfare his father.

 Text Copyright (c) 2005 Sipes/Berthrong Cheyenne Collections. - Messenger News.