White Feather

Synopsis: The story of the peace mission from the US cavalry to the Cheyenne Indians in Wyoming during the 1870s. The mission is threatened when a civilian surveyor befriends the chief's son and falls for the chief's daughter.
Genre: History, Western
Director(s): Robert D. Webb
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
102 min

This is the northern range country of Wyoming.

The year is 1877.

What you are about to see

actually happened.

The only difference will be

that when the Indians speak...

they will speak in our language

so that you can understand them.

My name is Josh Tanner.

I'm taking a shortcut

to Fort Laramie.

I shouldn't be here.

This is Cheyenne country.


Whoa, boy.

Easy, boy. Easy.

He is either a fool

or he has courage.

The blood is new.

He is a fool to think we are gone.

No. He thinks we are here...

and he wants us to know this.

This is a good game.

But if he crosses our river, shoot.

We will see if his gods

are with him.

It was a good game.

Perhaps next time he will not win.

Look what's coming.

- Where did you find that body?

- At 20-Mile Creek.

- That's in Cheyenne country.

- I know that.

- What were you doing there?

- I was on my way here.

Take him to headquarters.

Oh, I, uh-

I found these with him.

Well, anybody who's getting impatient,

take a good look.

He couldn't wait.

The peace commission was too slow for him.

So he crossed over into Indian territory

and got what he deserved.

I'm warning you.

From now on...

any man who crosses over

and gets back will wish he hadn't.

The gold you're after will still be there

when the treaty is signed.

But until then, the agreement is...

we stay on our side of the river

and they stay on theirs!

So far, they've stayed on theirs.

But how long they will if violations like this

go on I can't promise you.

- Are any of you friends of his?

- His name is Judd Smith.

Take him and bury him.

Oh. Here's what he died for.

Anybody claiming it?

You can start explaining yourself.

Whatever you need to know, sir, is in here.

There's, uh, not much to explain.

For your information, we're trying to get

a new treaty signed with the Indians.

The Sioux, the Crow and the Blackfeet

are discussing it with us...

but Chief Broken Hand and his Cheyennes

are holding out.

I have no idea what they're gonna do.

We're sitting on a powder keg here.

And people like you and that prospector

seem to be doing your best to blow the lid off.

You can save the speeches, Colonel.

I'm not a private in your army.

No, but you're at Fort Laramie

and I'm in charge here.

Josh Tanner, huh?

Why did you come here, Mr. Tanner?

- It says there.

- Answer the question.

I have a contract with some businessmen

from St. Louis.

- You mean gamblers?

- Because I dress like this? I happen to prefer it to buckskin.

You can't judge a man

by his clothes, can you?

You should have had more sense

than to come alone...

through Cheyenne country

at a time like this.

I traveled at night

until the last day out.

I certainly didn't want to go north,

then east down the Missouri...

just to make a big, safe swing

through Pawnee country.

You seem to know the territory.

One of the reasons I got the contract.

My father was with a trading outfit.

Until I went east to school,

I walked every foot of this country with him.

- You're authorized here to stake out Black Hills country.

- That's right.

- Another gold syndicate?

- Real estate.

The gentlemen who hired me figured where

there's gold there will be a city sooner or later.

And you intend to bypass gold

for real estate?

I'm not a prospector, Colonel.

I'm a surveyor...

hired to lay out a town site.

Oh, a town builder.

Just a public-spirited citizen, is that it?

Not at all.

I'm being paid for it.

- Hmm?

- The commissioners are waiting for you at the council tree.

- Any sign of Broken Hand or any of the Cheyennes?

- Not yet, sir.

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Delmer Daves

Delmer Lawrence Daves (July 24, 1904 – August 17, 1977) was an American screenwriter, director and producer. more…

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