St. Joseph plans to put up a statue honoring the Indian Chief who arranged the peaceful acquisition of the land that is the northwest corner of Missouri. A trust fund set up by the family that publishes the St. Joseph newspaper would pay most of the $35,000 cost of the statue of Chief White Cloud. He and 26 other tribal members signed the Platte Purchase agreement in 1836. Legend has it that White Cloud studied grass in the area and found grass that the Indians believe only grows where White people settle. The story says he decided the land was meant for the Whites, so he signed the treaty.
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