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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Richard O'Brien ...
Hugh MacGregor
Nick Ramus ...
Little Crow
Spotted Wolf
Vivian Brown ...
Mrs. MacGregor
Brett Ericson ...
Rob MacGregor


An Indian chief needs help from a white man's doctor and the closest town is Walnut Grove. Most of the townspeople want to massacre the Indians because of what other Indians had done to them in the past. Charles and Dr. Baker take the chief, his adult son (acting chief) and his son's two children to Ingalls' house to stay until the chief is well enough to travel. Unfortunately, some of the townspeople find out that the chief is there and they want to come kill him, so Charles transports them to safety. Written by Anonymous

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12 December 1977 (USA)  »

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The language the Indians are speaking is Santee, a part of the Sioux Language. See more »


As Charles and Doc Baker are racing the Indians out of town, the scene cuts to a close-up shot of them on the wagon, and as Doc Baker climbs in the back, a crew member's hand complete with wrist watch is very noticeable on the bottom right corner. See more »


Laura Ingalls: When can I play with the little girl, Pa?
Charles Ingalls: I'm afraid you can't, at least, not outside.
Mary Ingalls: Who'd want to? I mean they're all nothin' but heathens!
Charles Ingalls: Mary, they may not read the same Bible we do, or worship God in the same way, but they are His children too.
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Little Joe Vs. Charles Ingalls
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anybody who watched Michael Landon in Bonanza got to see him fighting Indians once in a while. I can't recall, but I'm sure there was a time or two when they even made peace with them. But Little House on the Prairie is all about peace. I think there's only a time or two we ever see a shootout, and it's not among the Indians (unless you'd count Laura's wild dream in a season or two a shootout among Indians).

We see the softer side of life. It's just a small group of Indians who were unhappy at the treatment they received by the government wanting to ride to some distant land and live peacefully. There are a couple good points in this episode, as well as a hope that maybe things like this really did exist.

Every time I watch this, I cringe at the scene where Mary calls them savages. Mary is always the more loving of the bunch, and this just seemed way out of character for her.

By the way, the young man at the beginning of this episode who warned of the Indian attack was not credited for his part...

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