Young Mahaska, the successor of his father and principal chief of the nation, on hearing the news of his father's death, and that one of the murderers had returned to the village, went immediately to his lodge, killed his dogs and horses, and with his knife cut and ripped his lodge in every possible direction. This last act, especially, is an insult, to which no brave man will submit. Having hurled this defiance at one of the murderers of his father, and expressed his contempt for him under every possible form, he turned to the assassin, who had observed, in silence, the destruction of his property, and looking him sternly in the face, said: 'You have killed the greatest man who ever made a moccasin track on the Nodaway; you must, therefore be yourself a great man, since the Great Spirit has given you the victory. To call you a dog, would make my father less than a dog.'
One account has Mahaska killed by the man's squaw, another states the man had previously sought Mahaska's alliance against the Americans and been refused/imprisoned/and released with a grudge against Mahaska. None the less, on destruction of Mahaska's killer's property; the squaw of the murderer exclaimed to her husband, 'why don't you kill the boy?' He replied, 'he is going to be a great brave; I cannot kill him.' White Cloud Junior was twenty-four years old at the time of his father's death, and he considered himself too young to assume the leadership of his tribe unless his people decided to elect him. A general tribal council elected him chief unanimously. There were other chiefs amoung the Ioway and White Cloud Junior was part of a council of chiefs.
"The next day a general council was convened; the case was submitted to it; the unanimous voice was 'he shall die'; it was further decreed that young Mahaska should kill him, but he declined, saying, 'I cannot kill so brave a man', whereupon he was shot by one of the principal braves. His body was left on the ground to be devoured by wolves, as a mark of the disgust of the tribe, and of their abhorrence of the assassin of their chief.
The second Ma-has-kah's tribe was faced with chronic disease of alcoholism, and high infant mortality, this situation produced a great "pushing" force which tended to make the Ioway and Indians of other tribes, leave the reservations--either to other reservations, or to hinterland areas. He was also faced with shrinking land and resources. Despite his attempts to live with the White men and pursue acculturation his tribe was victim of attack by other tribes. One tribe was stated to be Souix.
Leading a reprisal raid on the a small band of Pawnee he lost one of his eyes to the arrow of a 10 year old boy.He killed the boy and most of the people in the band, in May of 1848, killing three men, six women and two children, leading to the taking of a number of scalps and to the initiation of War and Scalp Dance ceremonies.
In October of 1849 when White Cloud again led another war party against the Pawnee's in alliance with the Sacs. They had taken the head of a Pawnee woman, and this attack led to the dispatch of a company of dragoons from Fort Leavenworth and to the arrest of White Cloud and the principal chief of the Sacs, who had possession of the head. (The Incident was written up in the White Cloud Chief Newspaper).
Chief White Cloud died in December, 1851, about forty-years-old.