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Red Jacket

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(Sagoyewatha) c1756–1830, Seneca leader.
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Seneca chief whose magnificent oratory masked his schemes to maintain his position despite double-dealing against his people's interests. His first Indian name was Otetiani, and he assumed the name Sagoyewatha upon becoming a chief. "Red Jacket" was his English name, a result of the succession of red coats he wore while on the British side during the American Revolution.

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