Smith, Martin L.

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Martin L. Smith (Chief Big Bone) Student Information Card
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Student information card of Martin L. Smith, a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, who entered the school on May 30, 1885 and departed on July 29, 1890.

In school documentation Martin L. Smith is also known as Tank-cha-din and Chief Big Bone (also spelled Chief Bigbone).


National Archives and Records Administration
The Indian Helper (Vol. 2, No. 47)
July 1, 1887

This issue opened with a poem titled “CLASS OF INDIAN BOYS,” written by a Quaker farm wife about a group of Outing students. The next article was titled “A TRIP” by Katie Grinrod (Wyandotte), which gave the account of her and Clara Cornelius’(Oneida) trip to Philadelphia with their Outing family. Page two opened with “A Better Chance” that…

Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Martin L. Smith, c.1887

Studio portrait of Martin L. Smith.

Glass Plate Negative
Cumberland County Historical Society