NEDE WADE (ᏁᏕᏩᏕ) (NED CHRISTIE) BORN– CHEROKEE STATESMAN & FUGITIVE
Born in Wauhillau, Cherokee Nation [now in Oklahoma (OK)], he was of the traditional Keetowah band. Growing up, Christie was a marble champion, stick ball player, and fiddle player. A blacksmith & gunsmith, he also served a term on the Cherokee National Council (CNC). On May 5, 1887, Christie was in Tahlequah, OK, when Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Maples was murdered there. The Federal District Court issued a warrant for his arrest for the murder. Believing that he would not receive justice in a U.S. court, Christie fled & built a clifftop cabin known as Ned’s Fort Mountain. For 5 years, with the aid of friends and family, he fought attempts to capture or kill him and became a legend. Cherokee folk tales claimed Christie to be a shapeshifter becoming an owl or razorback hog. On November 3, 1892, a Federal posse using an Army cannon killed Christie. Christie was exonerated in 1918. Some believe Christie was a killed because, while on the CNC, he opposed railroad development in Indian Territory.
Source: Art T. Burton, “Christie, Ned (1852-1892),” Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 9/10/2020, https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=CH061 Original Photo: Author unknown, pre-1892. Public Domain. Retouched photo: Phil Konstantin, 2/28/2011. Public Domain.