Chief Phillip Whiteman, whose Indian name is Yellow Bird, wore a full headdress and a traditional leather robe as he faced a Manhattan judge.
He delivered a 2-minute tribute to how wonderful horses are. It wasn’t clear what he was trying to argue in relation to the case, but by the end of his speech, tears streamed down his face.
Trials like this are circuses, and it’s the wise lawyer who plays to the crowd. But bringing in a genuine Indian in full garb is just spectacular. A tip of the bonnet.