Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Son of William Bent and brother of Charlie Bent. George and Charlie are notable for being two of the only half-white, half-Native American characters in the book. It’s telling, then, that they chose to reject all white civilization following the Sand Creek massacre, during which American soldiers murdered dozens of Native American women and children. George Bent’s choice reflected the escalating violence and cruelty of white society in the late 19th century: George believed that the Native American half of his heritage was morally superior to the white half.

George Bent Quotes in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Chapter 4 Quotes

As soon as his wound healed, George made his way back to his father's ranch. There from his brother Charlie he heard more details of the soldiers' atrocities at sand creek—the horrible scalpings and mutilations, the butchery of children and infants. After a few days the brothers agreed that as half-breeds they wanted no part of the white man's civilization.

Related Characters: George Bent, Charlie Bent
Page Number: 92
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Chapter 4: War Comes to the Cheyennes
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...Kettle and other chiefs tried to control their people and prevent retaliation. William Bent’s son George Bent sent a letter to a government agent, offering to exchange white prisoners for Cheyennes. Black... (full context)
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Among the people fleeing the massacre was George Bent , the half Cheyenne, half white son of William Bent. George reunited with his brother... (full context)
Chapter 5: Powder River Invasion
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...waved a white flag. The two sides arranged a meeting. Among the Cheyenne representatives were George Bent and Charlie Bent, the sons of William Bent. (full context)
Chapter 7: “The Only Good Indian Is a Dead Indian”
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...a large group of Southern Cheyennes migrated south with Red Cloud. One of these was George Bent , the son of William Bent. George returned to the Kansas area, where he learned... (full context)
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...to Fort Wallace, while another chief, Black Kettle, led a second group of soldiers, including George Bent . At Fort Wallace, Roman Nose threatened to attack U.S. shipping companies’ supply routes unless... (full context)