This engraved silver oval has been generally believed to be the medal said to have been presented by the young ladies of Miss White's Seminary, Washington, D.C., to the Skidi Pawnee Pitalesharu ("Man Chief"), in 1821, in recognition of his bravery in rescuing a girl whom his people were about to sacrifice. Discovery of this medal is as follows: It was stated to have been found near Spring Creek, Nebraska (western Nance County), in the spring of 1884 by Orlando Thompson, accompanied by his niece Mary Thompson, to whom he presented the medal. The piece may presumably have been buried with Pitalesharu, and thus could have been found at the location of his grave. Some time shortly after 1900, Mrs. George W. Ellsworth (AKA Mary Thompson) lent the medal to the Nebraska State Historical Society,which published an account of it. The medal was recalled from the Historical Society in May, 1922, and was acquired by Mr. J. Sanford Saltus, who presented it to the ANS shortly after.