Famous Shoshone

Famous Shoshone Chiefs and Leaders

The Shoshone are an American Indian tribe that have lived in the areas of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California, with the highest concentration in the Snake River Valley of Idaho. Bios of famous Shoshone chiefs, leaders, and medicine men.

Sacagawea (c. 1788-1812) - She served as an interpreter and guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition, and is the tribe's most famous member.        

Chief Pocatello a.k.a. Tonaioza (c. 1815-1884) -  In 1862, bands of Shoshone under Pocatello's leadership began to attack wagon trains in southcentral Idaho. The Army retaliated, killing 350 Shoshone in the Bear River Massacre of 1863. Pocatello, recognizing the Shoshone were outmatched, joined other chiefs in signing the Treaty of Box Elder.

Chief Washakie - Was the leader of the Eastern Shoshone. In 1868, Washakie signed the Fort Bridger Treaty, which established the Wind River Reservation.

Chief Bear Hunter a.k.a. Wirasuap (died Jan. 29, 1863) - Was leader of a Shoshone band that lived primarily in the Cache Valley of Utah. It was his band that was attacked at Bear River, resulting in the massacre of nearly the entire band. When Bear Hunter was captured, he was stripped, beaten and whipped, and killed by a heated bayonet run through his ears.Chief

Little Soldier -

Shoshone Mike - Lead a band of Bannock Shoshone in 1911 who killed several ranchers.

Cameahwait - Shoshone name for Meriweather Clark, of Lewis & Clark Expedition fame.

Johnathan Pugh - Scout

Lemhi - A Medicine Man of the Shoshone Nation

Chief Tendoy  (Tin Doi)  (1834 - 1907) -

Tendoy II -

Tendoy III -

Chief Sagwitch -

Bannock Chief Tyhee -

Pat L. Tyhee (b. 1853 d. 1924) - The son of Bannock Chief Tyhee, was one of the most photographed Indians of Fort Hall. Images of him date from 1884 to 1924.

Ned Blackhawk - A Te-Moak historian and professor at Yale University.

Mary Dann and Carrie Dann -  Western Shoshone activists for cultural and spiritual rights and land rights.

Shoshone Tribes:

Battle Mountain Band, Elko Band Colony, South Fork Reservation and the Wells Band Colony- See Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation
Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation (F), Wyoming
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho (F)
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, Nevada (F)


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Chief Pocatello, Shoshone

Chief Pocatello came to be known in the 1860s among Mormon leaders, Indian agents, and army officers headquartered in the Salt Lake area for his exploits as the head of a so-called outlaw band of Indians.