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Sloan, Thomas Louis (14 May 1863–10 September 1940), Omaha tribal member, attorney, and Indian activist, was born to a mixed-race father, William E. Sloan, and a non-Indian mother, name unknown, in St. Louis, Missouri. At a young age he was orphaned and went to live with his paternal grandmother, Margaret Sloan, on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Nebraska. Margaret was the daughter of Michael Barada, a non-Indian man, and Taeglaha Haciendo, a woman of the Omaha tribe, making Thomas one-eighth Omaha. Reservation officials considered him a troublemaker and jailed him after he accused agents of cheating the tribe financially. He was later sent to the Hampton Institute in Virginia in 1886, where Captain Richard Henry Pratt had started the Indian boarding school system in 1878. Sloan excelled at Hampton and graduated as valedictorian in 1889. He decided not to attend Yale law school after graduation and returned to the Omaha Reservation....

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Yellowtail, Robert Summers (1889–18 June 1988), Crow Indian politician, activist, and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) official, was born near Lodge Grass, Montana on the Crow Indian Reservation to Yellowtail, a Crow Indian, and Elizabeth Frazee Chienne, of mixed Crow and French-Canadian descent. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but 1889 is widely regarded as the correct year. His parents were both enrolled members of the Crow tribe; his father belonging to the Big Lodge clan and his mother a member of the Whistling Waters clan (which became Robert Yellowtail’s clan, based on Crow matrilineal kinship). Born at a time when the Crows were experiencing extreme pressure to acculturate to white society, Robert was sent to a reservation boarding school and later attended Sherman Institute, a government-operated off-reservation boarding school in Riverside, California. Despite his early immersion in the white world, Robert followed precepts of Crow kinship norms and culture. Intelligent and outgoing he worked in the office of a local justice of the peace in California after graduating from Sherman Institute in 1907. Hoping to attend law school he returned to Montana around 1910 and became a stockman on the Crow Reservation....