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Historical Cheyenne People



American Horse (Ve'ho'evo'ha or Ve'ho'evo'hame)

  • Son of Sitting Bear a.k.a. Three Bears, brother of the Cheyenne headman Tangle Hair. Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Not the famous Oglalla Sioux chief.

Beaver Heart

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, present at Battle of Little Bighorn

Big Beaver (Homa'e ‘hma'haata or Ma'xÍhoma'e)

  • Born about 1859. Was a young boy at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Big Nose

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Black Bear (Mo'Űhtaenahkohe)

  • a.k.a. Closed Hand, Fist or Crippled Hand, unmarried suicide warrior killed in hand to hand fighting with Custer's troops, one of 7 Cheyenne killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Black Coyote

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior,fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, later captured by soldiers in 1878, and committed suicide in prison.
    • His wife, Buffalo Calf Road Woman (Muts i mi u na)rescued her brother, Chief Comes in Sight, in Crook's fight on the Rosebud, June 17th. The Cheyenne named this battle "Where the girl saved her borther (Kse-e se-wo-is-tan-i-we-i-tat-an-e). Buffalo Calf Road Woman fought beside her husband in the Custer fight 8 days later, and afterward was renamed Brave Woman.

Chief Black Kettle

  • A principle Chief of the southern Cheyenne who unsuccessfully attempted to resist white settlement in the Kansas and Colorado territories. His attempt to make peace in 1864 ended in the massacre of about half his people at Sand Creek. Despite this treachery on the part of the whites, he continued to seek peace with them, and in 1865 he signed the Treaty of the Little Arkansas. The government ignored its guarantees, and Black Kettle tried again to negotiate, signing the Medicine Lodge Treaty of 1867. He was killed on Nov. 27, 1868, when Custer and his 7th Cavalry attacked Black Kettle's camp on the Washita River without warning and killed the chief and hundreds of Cheyenne elderly, women and children.

Bobtail Horse (Va'kŰhe'hamehe)

  • Elkhorn Scraper Society warrior,one of the first three Cheyenne to cross the river to meet Custer at Little Big Horn Battle.

Braided Hair

  • a.k.a. Brady. Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Brave Bear

  • Southern Cheyenne warrior,possibly the one who killed Custer.

Brave Wolf

  • A Contrary, fought at Little Big Horn, surrendered with Two Moon's band in April 1877 and became the 2nd Cheyenne to enlist as scout for General Miles.

Buffalo Calf

  • Crazy Dog Society warrior, one of the first three Cheyenne to cross the river to meet Custer at Little Bighorn.

Bull Bear

  • Chief of the Dog Soldiers, from a northern band of Southern Cheyenne; fought with bow & arrows in Gall's charge up Medicine Tail Coulee.

Bullet Proof

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Bushy Head (Hato'Ístseahe)

  • a.k.a. Busby Hair

Comes in Sight

  • Northern Cheyenne chief; had been rescued by his sister, Buffalo Calf Road Woman, at Crook's fight on the Rosebud June 17th, after his horse was shot from under him.He was one of 5 Indians who charged in among the soldiers early in the Custer fight.

Contrary Belly

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior a.k.a. Buffalo Bull Wallowing. He was one of 5 Indians who charged in among the soldiers early in the Custer fight.

Crazy Head

  • 3rd ranking Cheyenne at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He was the son of a Cheyenne father and a captive Crow mother.

Crazy Wolf

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Crooked Nose

  • Fought at the Little Big Horn.

Curly Horse (Mam‚hkevo'ha)



Cut Belly

  • a.k.a.Open Belly. Unmarried suicide warrior badly wounded in the Little Big Horn battle. Cut Belly died a few days later - the last of 7 Cheyenne to die from the Custer fight.

Dog Friend

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Chief Dull Knife (a.k.a. Morning Star)

Cut Nose (O'xeesehe)



Eagle Tail Feather

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn

Fast Walker

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Little Big Horn

Flat Iron

  • In 1915 he was the last surviving Cheyenne chief who was a participant in the Custer fight at the Little Big Horn.

Hawk (Tee-tan)

  • Fought at the Little Big Horn.

High Bear

  • Northern Cheyenne. He captured the roster book of a 1st sargeant in the Custer fight and filled it with drawings of scenes from the battle.

High Walking

  • A son of One Horn, fought at Custer's Last Stand.

Hollow Wood (Vehp‚hoo'Űtse)

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Little Big Horn Battle

Horse Road

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

High Wolf (Ho'neoxhaa'eho'oesÍstse)

Holy Standing Woman (Ma'heoneoo'e)



Iron Shirt (Ma'aataeestse'henahe)

  • In the Custer fight at the Little Big Horn Battle. Not the Comanche chief.

John Issues

  • Fought at the Little Big Horn.

Kills In the Night

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior. Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Lame White Bull

  • A Dog Soldier warrior, from a northern band of Southern Cheyenne; in fight with Custer's troops.

Chief Lame White Man (Ve'ho'enŰhnehe)

  • Warrior Chief of the Southern Cheyenne, one of 7 Cheyenne killed in fighting with Custer's troops at the age of 38. Lame White Man was in the sweat lodge of Tall Sioux when Reno attacked, and first helped his wife Twin Woman, his son Red Hat and his daughter Crane Woman escape the village. He did not wear his warbonnet in this battle, but was wearing a blue coat he found tied behind the cantle of a captured saddle when he was shot and scalped by a Sioux who mistook him for an army scout. His Sioux name was Bearded Man and he is also identified as Mad Hearted Wolf (see Mad Wolf)

Limber Bones

  • a.k.a. Limber Hand or Loose Bones. An unmarried 20 year old warrior killed in the fighting at Last Stand Hill. One of 7 Cheyenne who died in the Little Big Horn Battle.

Limpy (Nohne'k‚heso)

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Little Bird

  • Wore a long-trailed warbonnet into battle; he was shot in the thigh after counting coup on a soldier in the hand to hand fighting during Reno's retreat to the bluffs during the Little Big Horn Battle.

Little Hawk

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Chief Little Horse (Mo in a hka kit)

  • A warrior chief, he led warriors against Custer at the Little Big Horn Battle and was probably the warrior who stripped the body of Tom Custer after the battle.

Little Robe

  • A Dog Soldier warrior, from a northern band of Southern Cheyenne. Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Little Shield

  • One of 5 young Cheyenne men on first night watch June 25-26 at Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Little Sun

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Chief Laban Little Wolf

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, later chief. Nephew of the Little Wolf who had led the march back from Oklahoma with Morning Star (aka Dull Knife).

Chief Little Wolf

Mad Wolf (Hahk o ni or Miv a wo nih)

  • His name actually means "wolf that has no sense"; Northern Cheyenne; born 1825, died 1905; one of the bravest and wisest men in the tribe; he rode with White Shield to meet Custer's troops. (Also see Chief Lame White Man.)

Magpie (Mo'e'ha)

  • Southern Cheyenne, son of Big Man; wounded in Crook's fight on the Rosebud, he fought a few days later at the Little Big Horn.

Medicine Bear

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He said that Custer was killed early in the fight, with Keogh's troops, and that his body was found back of the ridge, 100 feet or more from where the monument now stands.

Noisy Walking (NestonevahtsÍstse)

  • An unmarried suicide warrior, fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn at age 18. Noisy Walking was the only son of White Bull; shot 3 times and stabbed, in hand to hand fighting, during the first charge among Custer's troops nearest the river, he died of wounds the night after the battle. One of 7 Cheyenne who died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Old Bear

  • Northern Cheyenne, gought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Old Man

  • Son of Black Crane; among a large group of warriors who broke through the timber in the Reno fight, just as soldiers were mounting to retreat to the bluffs; he was killed by an Arikara scout during Reno's retreat.

Chief Pine (äestoto'e)

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Was later made a chief.

Plenty Coups (HaestŰhena'hane)

  • a.k.a. Many Kills

Rain In the Face (Hoo'kŰhevenehe)



Roan Bear

  • Northern Cheyenne,a Kit Fox Society warrior. He was one of the first three Cheyenne to cross the river to meet Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Chief Roman Nose (Vohko'xenehe)

Roman Nose (Voo'xenehe)

  • A Dog Soldier warrior, from a northern band of Southern Cheyenne. Killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the Reno fight at about age 16. Not the famed chief of the same name who was kiled in 1868. (See above.)

Scabby (Oevemana)

  • Among the few Cheyenne present early in the Reno fight and one of the bravest; he tested his spirit power by riding back & forth 5 times in front of Reno's skirmish line, drawing the soldiers fire, but was never hit.

Soldier Wolf

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn at age 17.

Spotted Hawk

  • In Custer fight.

Squint Eyes (Tichkematse)

  • A fascinating early employee of the Smithsonian Institution was Tichkematse, a Cheyenne Indian who worked for the institution in a variety of capacities between 1879 and 1881.

Strong Left Hand

  • One of 9 Crazy Dog warrior society little chiefs or head men; in the Custer fight.

John Sun Bear

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior born in 1843. Fought in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Sun Bear wore a buffalo-horn headdress into battle, one of 12 Cheyennes who wore warbonnets into the Battle of the Little Big Horn. During this battle, a bullet grazed his forehead in the first great Cheyenne charge on Custer's troops, knocking him from his horse, but he continued fighting, and lived to age 85.

Jacob Tall Bull

  • Borther-in-law of Lame White Man. Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn where his horse was shot from under him in the Custer fight.

Tangled Horn Elk

  • Fought at Custer's Last Stand.

Chief Two Moon (Ish i eyo nis si)

  • Northern Cheyenne, nephew of Old Two Moon. One of nine little chiefs, or head men of the Kit Fox Warrior society, and one of 27 minor chiefs in the tribe at the time of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Two Moon was among the few Cheyenne present during early fighting with the Reno skirmish line and helped drive them to the bluffs. He then led warriors against Custer; his band surrendered at Fort Keogh in April, 1877.

Weasel Bear

  • Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn at age 15.

Whirlwind

  • a.k.a. Little Whirlwind. He was an unmarried suicide warrior who was killed at the age of 16 during the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He and one of Reno's Arikara scouts simultaneously shot each other dead on the east side of the river. One of te 7 Cheyenne who died in this battle.

White Bird

  • Cheyenne warrior, fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

White Bull (Ho tu a hwo ko mas)

  • a.k.a. Ice. Northern Cheyenne, born 1837, son of Black Moccasin. White Bull was a warrior chief who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He surrendered with Two Moon's band at Fort Keogh in April 1877, and was the first Cheyenne enlisted as a scout for General Miles. White Bull scalped Lame Deer, the Minneconjou Sioux Chief, after he had been shot by General Miles' troops May 7, 1877 in an attack on their village. White Bull was later the most famous Northern Cheyenne medicine man and Sun Dance priest.

White Elk

  • a.k.a. Wandering Buffalo Bull, born 1849. White Elk was a veteran Cheyenne warrior in his late 20s. At the Battle of the Little Big Horn, he rode into battle on a borrowed pony and brought back a cavalry horse as thanks to the lender.

White Frog

  • In the Custer fight.

White Hawk

  • One of 9 Elkhorn Scraper warrior society little chiefs or head men; in the Custer fight at Little Big Horn.

White Horse (Wohk po am)

  • Dog Soldier warrior, from a northern band of Southern Cheyenne; was in the fight with Custer's troops at the Little Big Horn battle.

Chief White Shield (Wo-pah-he-vah or Wopowats)

  • Northern Cheyenne, formerly called Young Black Bird; son of Spotted Wolf and grandson of Whistling Elk. He survived the Washita massacre, where Custer's army killed an estimated 100 Cheyenne men, women, and children.He was the one who had a vision the night before the massacre of a wounded wolf mourning its pups that had been killed or scattered to the winds by a powerful enemy. The vision prompted White Shield to ask Chief Black Kettle to move the village. His request was ignored. White Shield was a hero of the Rosebud fight. He was fishing with his nephews when he heard the gunfire of Reno's attack on the south end of the village. He overtook Bobtain Horse and others who were the first to meet Custer at the river in the Little Bighorn battle.

Harvey Whiteshield (Hishkowits, meaning 'porcupine')

  • A Southern Cheyenne interpreter, born in west Oklahoma in 1867; eldest son of the chief White-shield (see Wopowats). In 1893 he became assistant teacher in the Mennonite mission school among the Cheyenne at Cantonment, Oklahoma, and served as interpreter for the mission. He was chief assistant of the Rev. Rudolph Petter, missionary in charge, in the preparation of a number of translations and a manuscript dictionary of the Cheyenne language.

Chief Wolf Robe



Wolf Tooth

  • Warrior in the Custer fight at Last Stand hill. He later said, "All I could see were tomahawks, hatchets, and guns raised above the heads of the warriors through the dust. There wasn't much (rifle) smoke, for no one had time to reload. Soon the field was covered with bodies."

Wooden Leg (Kum-mok-quiv-vi-ok-ta or Kam‚xeveohtahe)

  • Northern Cheyenne; boyhood name was Eats From His Hand. He was the son of Walks on Crutches. Wooden Leg was a menber of the Elkhorn Scrapers warrior society. He fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, where he counted coup on a soldier and wrenched the rifle from his back. He was also in the hand to hand fighting during Reno's retreat to the bluffs. Wooden Leg was later an Indian scout at Fort Keogh in 1889, and a tribal judge on the reservation. His American name was Richard Woodenlegs. His grandson, John Woodenlegs, was the only Indian member of President Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty in 1967.

Wounded Eye

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Yellow Hair (Heova'ehe)

  • Older brother of Wooden Leg. Hee rode to the Reno fight dressed for battle in a long buckskin shirt fringed with hair taken from a Crow Indian killed in an earlier battle. He was also in the Custer fight at the Little Big Horn.

Yellow Horse (Heove'hamehe)

  • At the Battle of the Little Big Horn, served as a lookout.

Yellow Nose (Heoveesehe)

  • Northern Cheyenne warrior. He was an Ute boy adopted by Spotted Wolf. At the Battle of the Little Big Horn, he charged up close to soldiers early in the Custer fight, frightening the troopers' horses. He is remembered for capturing a company guidon from the ground where it stood, on a charge in the Custer battle, and using it to count coup on a soldier as he carried it away. This was the first charge among the soldiers on Last Stand Hill,and he probably had captured the General's battle flag carried by Sgt. Robert Hughes of Troop K, before Hughes was killed.

Young Turkey Leg

  • Fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Cheyenne from the Modern Day Era



Jerome Bushyhead

  • Cheyenne artist, known as painter and sculptor.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell

  • Honorary Northern Cheyenne chief, and U.S. senator from Colorado

Chris Eyre

  • Cheyenne and Arapaho director and filmmaker.

Virgil Greenwood

  • Cheyenne artist, known for beadwork.

Lance Henson

  • Cheyenne poet.

Suzan Shown Harjo

  • Cheyenne activist and writer

Merlin Little Thunder

  • Cheyenne Artist Ė one of the nationís top Native American miniature painters. Merlin Little Thunder began his career in 1981. His work is included in many private and public collections including thirteen paintings in the museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. In 2005, he received first place in the painting category and second place in the miniatures category in the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Montano Rain

  • 12 year old actor with Apache/Cheyenne Nations heritage. Rain is founder of his own non-profit organization HELP THE EARTH.

Michael Redfeather (Tenderfoot)

  • Actor of Southern Cheyenne descent, native american activist.

Joanelle Romero

  • An actress of Apache/Cheyenne descent.

Rod Rondeaux

  • A Crow and Cheyenne stuntman.

Gail Small

  • A Northern Cheyenne activist and attorney.

Jeannine Stalling

  • Cheyenne activist
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