C&A Carlisle School, Pratt to G.W.H. Stauch. Aug. 6, 1901.
No notes on this........Henry Row of Lodges, Lewis White Shield, Dawes White Bird, Charles Bent, George Balenti, and Raymond Buffalo Meat.

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(Berthrong Cheyenne Collection. Carlisle School Section.)

Arapaho Bee Newspaper, Feb. 26, 1908, By John Seger, Mrs. Belle Balenti.
Belle Balenti, an Indian woman of the Cheyenne Tribe....entered school at the age of 13, the band which her mother, uncles and brothers belonged were the last to surrender in 1874.When they did they were guarded on the north side of the North Fork River.
One of the young braves broke when being shackled to be sent to Fort Augustine. This brought firing and the Indians went to the Sand Hills where they had hid most of their arms. Hills surrounded on all sides except one with a pond on it. Two companis of cavalry and the firing of two gatling guns. 16 soldiers and 4 Cheyennes killed in the whole afternoon. Belle in a sand pit while the firing going on in the sand hill.
At night the Indians stole out through the pond to Whirlwinds camp north of the agency, some went to the Northern Cheyennes in March.
Next January she entered school, after a year she taught a camp class. Also taught in the school. Married at seventeen to Mike Balenti a soldier at Fort Reno of the regs. Took an allotment on North Fork bottom. Still lives there in neat frame cottage. Has six children. Oldest now married and settled down on a farm. Went to school at Halstead.
Second son attended Carlisle, educated and became an architect. Took out citizenship and is in business in El Reno and doing well.
Mike, third boy, played football at Carlisle, won a football game against Chicago U. Received $150.00 a month past season and has offer at $250.00 for this season.
John also at Carlisle.
Daughter Hattie received education at public schools at Calumet and the district school near her home.
Bought a piano from the proceeds of cattle raised.

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The Standard Literary Society met in their hall at 7,o’clock Friday evening. The following members were elected officers of the society: president, Ruben Charles; vice-president, Michael Balenti; recording secretary, Patrick Verney; corresponding secretary, Alvin Kennedy; treasurer, Jesse
koungdeer; critic, Charles Mitchell; assistant critic,Alonzo-Patton; editor, Samuel Wilson; music manager, Wm. Nelson; sergeant-at-arms Joseph
Porter, A musical program followed; vocal solos by Charles and Blackstar were greatly enjoyed; the latter sang an Indian song.
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KIOWA INDIANS;
MICHAEL R. BALENTI, Cheyenne.
     Many years ago the Kiowa Indians’ resided along the upper Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, but they were better known along the Canadian
river in Colorado and Oklahoma. Old traditions, (giving no time,) fix the stamping grounds of the Kiowas at the junction of the Jefferson, Madison and the Gallation forks, at the extreme head of the Missouri river, at what is now Virginia City, Montana.
     A short time after this they moved south for some unknown reason, possibly the extreme cold. They allied their forces with those,of the Crows and continued to drift., In 1840 they had a war with the Cheyennes and Arapahos. The Sioux claim : to have driven them.outof the Black Hills. In 1805 Lewis and Clark reported seeing~ them on the Platte River. According to their own story they. found the Comanches at the Arkansas river.
     A ‘war followed,. because the Comanches claimed. all the land to the south. A peace conference resulted when the Kiowas crossedover
south of the Arkansas river, and a” confederacy was formed which lasts until ‘the present day.
     The Spanish records as early as 1732recognize the Kiowas. as a tribe. Their language constitutes a distinct linguistic stock. They have a peculiar language, speaking through their nose and with a choking sound in their throats. This language is not well adapted to rhythmic composition.
     The Kiowas, like then Comanches, were making raids all the time on the Mexicans and Texans. Their raids extended as far as Durango, Of all the prairie tribes, the Kiowas are con~ceded to be the most cruel, blood-thirsty and inhuman. They are reputed to have killed more white people in proportion to tribal size, than any other tribe. 
      The’ first treaty of the Kiowas was in 1837. In 1868 they were put on their reservation with the Comanches and the Kiowa-Apaches. Their
reservation is in the south-western part of Oklahoma, between the Washita and the Red rivers. Their last outbreak was in 1875 in connection with the Comanches, Kiowa-Apaches and Cheyennes. While they were never numerous the Kiowas have been greatly reduced by wars and disease. The last terrible blow was in 1892, when over three hundred of the three confederated tribes died from measles and fever. Although brave and warlike the
Kiowas are rated inferior to the Comanches. They are dark-skinned and have strong arms, broad shoulders and are heavily built, forming a marked contrast to other prairie tribes, who live farther north. Their present chief is Lone Wolf.
     In 1901 lands were allotted to them in severalty and the remainder was thrown open for settlement. In 1900 they numbered 1100. They were
known as the Arabs of the American desert; making their living by robbing and hunting. They lived in lodges made of light skin, thrown over 
twelve-foot -poles. They had plenty of ponies and no fixed habitation, so they could move whenever the desire seized them. According to the Kiowa traditions they were originally from the far north where there is much snow on the ground and where they had to use snow shoes. They are idol worshippers, their-priesthood consisting of ten medicine men.

October 23, 1908 ARROW, Carlisle Indian School newspaper

Michael Balenti and Joseph Forte visited the Susan L. L. society at their last meeting.
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Captain Balenti will again lead the base ball team the coming season and prospects for a good team are bright. A good schedule has been arranged
including games with Pennsylvania, Cornell, West Point, Annapolis, Brown and other teams. One game with Cornell will be played here. Since the base ball and track teams practice at the same time, one coaih cannot do justice to both teams, and it has been decided to engage a good base ball coach and let Mr. Warner devote his entire attention to the track team and the management of both teams. It is not known yet who the new coach will be, but Mr.
Warner is corresponding with several good men. The base ball team will probably start work next month.

January 15, 1909 ARROW, Carlisle Indian School newspaper

Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Indian Service, Jan. 20, 1909, Thomas Otterby, Addt. Farmer at Bridgeport to Chas. E. Shell, Supt., Darlington.
N/W 1/4-24-14-13, allotted to Kias Williams, Decd. and his heirs are Belle Balenti 1/3 interest; Shaking Herself 1/3 interest; Charging Bear 1/12 interest; Fred Siouxman (Fatty Eyes) 1/12 interest; Small Eyes 1/12 interest; Bob-Tail Coyote 1/12 interest. 

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Colony Courier, Aug. 28, 1913.
We favor Cheyenne Belle for the Indian lady candidate for a free trip to the Panama Exposition. We do not believe another Indian woman in Oklahoma having the oppurtunities has accomplished so much. She was a little girl in the Cheyenne camp and was under fire in the battle of the Sand Hills fight just west of Darlington on the North Canadian in 1874 and later got her schooling in the reservation school under John Seger
She married Mike Balenti, a soldier at Fort Reno. Mike Balenti, the famous football and baseball player is her son.
(Sipes/Berthrong Cheyenne Coll. Ft. Marion POWS)

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H.B Peiars, Chief Supervisor of Education, Haskell, Lawrence, Kansas, to Leo Bonnin, Supt. at Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, May 15, 1923.
Letter requesting info.on how many students that completed 8 grades or more in Government Indian Schools and their success or failures since they left school in the government or public working areas of employment. Supt. Bonnin stated- From Carlisle Indian school: Benajh Miles, born 1867, Arapaho, 1/2 blood, farmer, Calument, Okla.; Emily Kaney, born 1878, Cheyenne, 1/2 blood, housewife, Ark. City, Kan.; Henry Row of Lodges, born 1879, Arapaho, full blood, farmer, Greenfield, Okla.; Lydia La Mere, born 1881, Arapaho, full blood, housewife, Walthill, Neb.; Emil Hauser, born 1883, Cheyenne, 1/2 blood, nightwatch, Salem Ind. School, Chemawa, Ore.; George Balenti, born 1884, Cheyenne, 1/4 blood, with highway, State of Okla., Okla. City, Okla.; Kish Hawkins, born 1878, Cheyenne, full blood, U.S. Indian Police, Concho, Okla.; Michael Balenti, born 1886, Cheyenne, 1/4 blood, Professional Baseball, Sioux City, Iowa; Julia Prentiss, born 1879, Cheyenne, 3/4 blood, housewife, Calument, Okla.; Peter Hauser, born 1886, Cheyenne, 1/2 blood, Umpire, profess. baseball, McAllister, Okla.; George Frass, born 1879, Cheyenne, 1/2 blood, farmer, Calument, Okla.; Fred Roundstone, born 1886, Cheyenne, full blood, farmer and stockman, Lame Deer, Montana; John Balenti, born 1890, Cheyenne, 1/4 blood, (no occupation given); Rosa Seneca, born 1883, Cheyenne, 1/2 blood, housewife, Ark. City, Kan.; Nina C. Gabaldon, born 1884, Cheyenne, full blood, housewife, Wichita, Kan.

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Calumet Chieftain, Aug. 4, 1921 (From the Jackson, Tenn) Sun.

Mike Balenti, a veteran short stop, formerly with the Chattanooga Club of the Southern League and St. Louis Browns, reported to manager Fulghum Sat. Morning from his home in Calumet, Okla.  Balenti was in teh line-up Sat. and showed the local fans that he could hit the ball and field as well.  Mike had a rather easy day in Sat. game but in a few days he will be covering all the territory around short stop in spectacular style.

The new short stoop from Jackson is a farmer of ability and the locals are to be congratulated upon receiving him, and if it han't been a bad year on the farm, it is probably that Mike wouldn't be here playing baseball.

He is a graduate of Carlisle University, which is the largest institution of leaning for Indians in teh United States.  Carlisle has turned out many famous athletes such as Thorpe, Guyon and others who made anational wide reputation in the sporting world.  Balenti like many other athletes of his race is an all-around man, having played football, baseball, baseketball adn other outdoor sports.

As a coach at Baylor University, Balenti made a reputation for himself as his teams were the strongest the school has turned out in years.

Besides being an ahtlete, coach and player, Mike is a culture and refined gentleman and stands out in ability and aggrissiveness.  All who have seen him play say that not a cleaner and more sportsmanlike athlete ever stepped on the diamond.

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Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, Concho, Okla., Sept. 9, 1925. Students who have not retuned back to Chilocco Indian School.
George Balenti, parent William Balenti, Geary, Okla.; Mable Hawkins and Nellie Hawkins, parent Mrs. Katie Z. Hawkins, Geary, Okla.; Margaret Riggs, parent Stacy Riggs, Clinton, Okla.; Dulce and Lillian White Bird, parent Dawes White Bird, Watonga, Okla.

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Calumet Chieftain Newspaper, July 28, 1932.
Michael Balenti came to the U.S. at the age of 16, to Cleveland from Austria, Hungary, enlisted in the Army. Father a locksmith, who died, when Michael was 6, had three older brothers killed in the Army service. Served at area now Fort Reno from 1874 when fight took place at Twelve Mile Point of North Canadian River. Orderly for Col. Lewis.

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Geary Times Journal, May 27, 1937

Mary Balenti, 22, daughter of Mike Balenti, former Carlisle Indian School football and baseball star and major league baseball player, graduates from the Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha.  Immediately after her graduation she will have a position in the business offices of the college.  Miss Balenti is a granddaughter of Mrs. Bell Balenti of Geary. Mike Balenti played short-stop for the Cincinnati Reds.

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