The Cherokee Nation considers Ned Christie a heroic statesman who was assassinated by U.S. marshals. The lawmen considered him the murderer of Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Maples, who was killed at a campsite near Tahlequah, Oklahoma Territory, in May 1887. While hiding out in a cabin, a posse finally caught him in 1892. After the lawmen set his cabin on fire, Christie reportedly came out firing at the deputies, and he was killed.