|April 29, 1868
||A treaty at Fort Laramie, one of a long series, ends fighting
and designates Indian lands.
|June 23, 1871
||Clara Bewick and Leonard Colby are married.
||An expedition led by George Armstrong Custer discovers gold in
the Black Hills.
|June 25, 1876
||The Battle of the Little Big Horn becomes the latest and most
spectacular of a series of confrontations between U.S. troops and tribal warriors.
||Congress votes to confiscate the gold-bearing Black Hills and
requires Indians to remain on the reservations.
||Clara Colby founds The Womens Tribune, destined to
become the suffrage movements leading newspaper.
||The last buffalo hunt.
|March 2, 1889
||Congress votes to take control of some 9 million acres of
Indian lands, and sets rules requiring reservation residents to stay on the reservations.
||The Ghost Dance religion gains popularity on the Sioux
||The Home Guard militia is formed in South Dakota.
|Dec 14, 1890
||Sitting Bull murdered.
|Dec 28, 1890
||Big Foots band encounters the U.S. Cavalry near Wounded
|Dec 29, 1890
||Wounded Knee massacre.
|Around Jan. 1, 1891
||Lost Bird found.
|Jan 14, 1891
||Gen. Leonard Colby of the Nebraska National Guard poses as a
Seneca, gaining possession of Zintkala Nuni, the Lost Bird.
|May 1, 1891
||Clara Colby returns from Washington, D.C., to meet her new
||Leonard Colby is appointed Assistant Attorney General of the
||Leonard Colby uses his connections, his claims of Indian
heritage and his relationship with Lost Bird to garner lucrative tribal contracts. Later,
he loses his job and comes under investigation for actions as Assistant Attorney General.
||Clara Colby discovers that her husband is the father of her
former nursemaids illegitimate baby.
||Leonard Colby is found innocent of fraud charges.
|June 3, 1898
||Leonard Colby is commissioned as a brigadier general as the
Spanish American War looms. Clara Colby, recently reconciled with the general, seeks war
||Leonard Colby is openly living with his mistress, Maud Miller.
||Leonard Colby beats charges of embezzlement from the Nebraska
||Zintka runs away from boarding school, joins a Wild West show
and searches for her roots in South Dakota.
|April 3, 1906
||Clara Colby and Leonard Colby are divorced.
|June 14, 1906
||Leonard Colby marries Maud Miller.
||Zintka comes back to Clara Colby who sends the girl to her
newly wealthy father and stepmother.
|April 1, 1908
||Zintka, now pregnant, is placed by her father in the
Mitford Industrial Home, a severe reformatory school.
|April 22, 1908
||Zintkas son is stillborn, but she remains in the dreary
school for a year.
||Zintka returns to Clara Colby and marries Albert
young friend of Clara Colbys.
||Zintka discovers her husband has given her syphilis, then
incurable, and the illness leaves her an invalid for nearly a year.
||Clara Colby, further impoverished by caring for
The Womens Tribune.
||Zintka returns to South Dakota and spends a year searching for
||Zintka goes to Hollywood and works as an extra in Westerns.
||Clara Colby sues her ex-husband for back alimony, but drops
the suit when the general promises to send money. However, she does not get any payments.
|May 31, 1913
||Zintka marries Bob Keith, a Hollywood cowboy.
||Zintka and her son, Clyde Keith, leave Bob Keith.
||Zintka joins Buffalo Bill Codys Wild West Show.
||Zintka marries Dick Allen, a calliope player and clown with
||The Allens, now with two small children, leave the Wild West
Show to work in vaudeville in San Francisco, but times are tough.
||Clara Colby and Zintka are together for the last time for a
week, appearing together at the Federal Suffrage Association gathering at the
Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.
||Zintka loses her youngest child to illness and gives up
the other to an Indian woman in better circumstances. Her husbands continuing ill
health means she must find a way for them to survive.
|Sept. 7, 1916
||Clara Colby, impoverished, her health destroyed by campaigning
for the vote in all kinds of weather, dies of pneumonia at her sisters home in Palo
||A sensational newspaper story helps Zintka raise enough money
to visit South Dakota one last time.
||Zintka and Dick Allen give up on vaudeville and move in with
his parents in Hanford, Calif.
|Feb. 14, 1920
||Lost Bird dies in Hanford, Calif., during an influenza
|Aug. 26, 1920
||19th Amendment is ratified, giving women the right
||The Indian Citizenship Act grants citizenship to American
|Nov. 15, 1924
||Leonard Colby, now a judge, dies in Nebraska.
|July 11, 1991
||Lost Birds remains are reburied at Wounded Knee.