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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The day is snowy at Fort Mandan near present Stanton, North Dakota. Black Cat, a principal Mandan chief, visits the fort. He is told that the Mandan should no longer accept medals and flags from North West Company traders.

From the journals...

at 8 oClock the Poss-cop-so-he or Black Cat Grand Chief of the Mandans Came to See us, after Showing Those Chiefs many thing which was Curiossities to them, and Giveing a fiew presents of Curioes Handkerchiefs arm bans & paint with a twist of Tobaco

William Clark

Eh-Toh'k-She-Pée-Shah, Black Moccasin, Aged Chief

Painting of Black Mocassin as an old Indian man

Painting by George Catlin circa 1832.