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Plains Indians

The American Indians are among the best known of all Native Americans. These Indians played a significant role in shaping the history of the West. Some of the more noteworthy Plains Indians were Big Foot, Black Kettle, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Spotted Tail.
Big Foot

Big Foot (?1825-1890) was also known as Spotted Elk. Born in the northern Great Plains, he eventually became a Minneconjou Teton Sioux chief. He was part of a tribal delegation that traveled to Washington, D.C., and worked to establish schools throughout the Sioux Territory. He was one of those massacred at Wounded Knee in December 1890. (Bowman, 1995, 63)

Black Kettle

Black Kettle (?1803-1868) was born near the Black Hills in present-day South Dakota. He was recognized as a Sothern Cheyenne peace chief for his efforts to bring peace to the region. However, his attempts at accommodation were not successful, and his band was massacred at Sand Creek in 1864. Even though he continued to seek peace, he was killed with the remainder of his tribe in the Washita Valley of Oklahoma in 1868. (Bowman, 1995, 67)

Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse (?1812-1877) was also born near the Black Hills. His father was a medicine man; his mother was the sister of Spotted Tail. He was recognized as a skilled hunter and fighter. Crazy Horse believed he was immune from battle injury and took part in all the major Sioux battles to protect the Black Hills against white intrusion. He was named supreme war and peace chief of the Oglalas in 1876 and led the Sioux and Cheyenne to victory at the battle of Rosebud in January that year.

Perhaps he is most remembered for leading the Sioux and Cheyenne in the battle of the Little Bighorn, where his warriors defeated Custer’s forces. Crazy Horse is regarded as the greatest leader of the Sioux and a symbol of their heroic resistance. (Bowman, 1995, 160-161)
Red Cloud

Red Cloud (1822-1909) was born near the Platte River in present-day Nebraska. Because of his intelligence, strength, and bravery, he became the chief of the Oglala Sioux. “Red Cloud’s War” took place between 1865 and 1868. These battles forced the closing of the Bozeman Trail and the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty in 1868. In exchange for peace, the U.S. government accepted the territorial claims of the Sioux. (Bowman, 1995, 601)

Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull (?1831-1890) was born on the Grand River in South Dakota. He was known among the Sioux as a warrior even during his youth. He was bitterly opposed to white encroachment, but made peace in 1868 when the U.S. government guaranteed him a large reservation free of white settlers. When gold was discovered in the Black Hills, he joined the Arapaho and Cheyenne to fight the invaders. )Bowman, 1995, 673) According to fellow tribesmen, the name Sitting Bull suggested an animal possessed of great endurance that planted immovably on its haunches to fight on to the death. (Utley, 1993, 15)

Spotted Tail

Spotted Tail (?1833-1881) was born along the White River either in present-day South Dakota or near present-day laramie, Wyoming. He became the leader of the Brule Sioux and was one of the signers of the Fort laramie Treaty of 1868. Eventually, he became the government-appointed chief of the agency Sioux and made frequent trips to Washington, D.C., in that capacity. (Bowman, 1995, 688) Starting in 1870 Spotted Tail became the statesman that made him the greatest chief the Brules ever knew. (Fielder, 1975, 29)

Works Cited
Bowman, John S. (ed). The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Fielder, Mildred. Sioux Indian Leaders. Seattle: Superior Publishing Company, 1975.
Utley, Robert M. The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull. New York: henry Holt and Company, 1993.

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