Famous Sioux

Famous Sioux Chiefs, Medicine Men, and Leaders Leaders of the Sioux tribes are some of the most recognized names in native American history. There are links to in depth profiles at the bottom of the page. Historical Leaders Šóta (Old Chief Smoke) — an original Oglala Lakota head chief Thaóyate Dúta (Little Crow/His Red Nation) — Mdewakanton Dakota chief and warrior Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Sitting Bull) — Famous Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man Tȟašúŋke Witkó (Crazy Horse) — Famous Oglala Lakota warrior Maȟpíya Ičáȟtagye (Touch the Clouds) – Minneconjou Lakota chief and warrior Maȟpíya Lúta (Red Cloud) — Famous Oglala Lakota chief and spokesperson Heȟáka Sápa (Black Elk) — Famous Oglala Lakota medicine and holy man Ité Omáǧažu (Rain-in-the-Face) — Hunkpapa Lakota war chief Tȟáȟča Hušté (Lame Deer) — Mineconju Lakota holy man and spiritual preserver Wi Sapa (Black Moon) — Miniconjou Lakota chief Matȟó Héȟloǧeča (Hollow Horn Bear) — Sicangu (Brulé) Lakota leader Phizí (Gall) — Hunkpapa Lakota war chief Ógle Lúta (Red Shirt) — Oglala Lakota warrior and chief Inkpaduta (Scarlet Point/Red End) — Wahpekute Dakota war chief Waŋbdí Tháŋka (Big Eagle) — Mdewakanton Dakota chief Tamaha (One Eye/Standing Moose) — Mdewekanton Dakota chief Ota Kte (Luther Standing Bear aka Plenty Kill) — Oglala Lakota writer and actor Numpkahapa (Two Strike) — Sicangu Lakota chief Cetan Sápa (Black Hawk) — Itázipčho Lakota ledger artist Tȟatȟóka Íŋyaŋke (Running Antelope) — Hunkpapa Lakota chief Mato Watakpe (John Grass aka Charging Bear) — Sihasapa Lakota chief Tȟatȟáŋka Ská (White Bull) — Miniconjou Lakota warrior and nephew of Sitting Bull Wanbli Kte (Kill Eagle) — Sihasapa Lakota warrior and leader Sunka Wakan To (Blue Horse) — Oglala chief, warrior, educator and statesman Matȟó Wayúhi (Conquering Bear) — Sičháŋǧu Lakota chief Čhetáŋ Kiŋyáŋ (Flying Hawk) — Oglala Lakota chief, philosopher, and historian Matȟó Wanáȟtake (Kicking Bear) — Oglala born Miniconjou Lakota warrior and chief Unpan Glešká (Spotted Elk aka Big Foot) — Miniconjou Lakota chief Hehwongechat (Lone Horn) — Miniconjou Lakota chief Kȟaŋǧí Yátapi (Crow King aka Medicine Bag That Burns) — Hunkpapa Lakota war chief Wicasa Tankala (Little Big Man aka Charging Bear) — Oglala Lakota Warrior Xunka Kuciyedano (Low Dog) — Oglala Lakota chief and warrior Wašíčuŋ Tȟašúŋke (American Horse "The Younger") — Oglala Lakota Chief Wašíčuŋ Tȟašúŋke (American Horse "The Elder") — Oglala Lakota Chief Tȟašúŋke Kȟokípȟapi (Young Man Afraid Of His Horses) — Oglala Lakota Chief Ištáȟba (Sleepy Eye) — Sisseton Dakota chief Ohíyes’a (Charles Eastman) — Author, physician and reformer Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington — World War II Fighter Ace and Medal of Honor recipient; 1/4 Sioux Charging Thunder (1877–1929), Blackfoot Sioux chief who was part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1903, but remained in England when the show returned to America. He married Josephine, an American horse trainer who had just given birth to their first child, Bessie, and together they settled in Darwen, before moving to Gorton. His name became George Edward Williams, after registering with the British immigration authorities to enable him to find work. Williams ended up working at the Belle Vue Zoo as an elephant keeper. He died from pneumonia on July 28, 1929. His interment was at Gorton's cemetery. Ota Kte (Luther Standing Bear) — Author, educator, philosopher and actor Zitkala-Ša (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin) — Author, educator, musician and political activist Horse's Ghost - A Sioux Chief in Montana at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation who argued for Native American rights with members of President Taft's administration. Bigfoot (Not the same as Spotted Elk) Little Thunder Big Mouth Red Thunder (also known as Shappa, the Beaver) Waneta Wizikute (a.k.a. Pine Shooter) Red Fish Crow Dog Red Bird (Zitkaduta) Big Curly John Otherday (Aagpetu-tokecha) Redwing Walking Buffalo (Tatankamani) Wamditanka (Great War Eagle) Gray Iron Shakopee (Shakpe, 'six') Mankato (M-ak'-to, Blue Earth) Old Mankato Billy Mills - A famous Sioux Olympian athlete. Napeshneeduta (Red Man Who Flees Not) Famous Contemporary Sioux Ella Carla Deloria (Anpetu Wastewin), Yankton Sioux (1888-1971), Author Vine Deloria, Author Susan La Flesche, Sioux (1865-1915) Russell Means - (Nov. 10, 1939-Oct. 29, 2012) Extensive obituary. According to the New York times, he was the most famous Indian "since Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull." Russell Means Timeline Chaske Spencer (born March 9, 1975) -  Native American actor of Lakota, Nez Perce, Cherokee, Creek, French, and Dutch descent. He is a member of the Fort Peck tribe. Chief Red Fox - Silent Film Actor. He was a nephew of the famous Sioux leader Chief Crazy Horse.  He was six years old at the time of Custer's Last Stand and gives a chilling account of it in his memoirs. Floyd Red Crow Westerman - Actor, musician, activist Floyd Red Crow Westerman passes to the spirit world Sioux Tribes: Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (F) Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation(South Dakota)(F) Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota Oglala Sioux Tribe Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Reservation Santee Sioux Nation Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota (F) Spirit Lake Tribe (F) Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota (F) Upper Sioux Community Yankton Sioux Tribe    

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Charles Eastman’s account of Chief Sitting Bull

The following is Charles Eastman’s account of Chief Sitting Bull. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and … Continue reading

Chief Gall, “Man Who Goes in the Middle”

Chief Gall
Huηkpapa Lakota
(ca. 1840-1895)

“Man Who Goes in the Middle,” or Pizi, a Hunkpapa Sioux chief, was one of the major Indian field commanders at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Anglo Americans know him as Chief Gall.

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Chief Hump, Minniconjou Lakota

Chief Hump
Minniconjou Lakota
(ca. 1848-1908)

Etokeah, a Minniconjou Lakota war chief, known to the whites as Chief Hump,  was a great leader. He is especially known for his skills during the 19th Century Lakota-US Government battles. His exact birth date and facts of parentage were not recorded. However, he first came into public notice in 1866. Then, he led the charge against Captain William Fetterman’s soldiers outside Fort Phil Kearney in Wyoming.

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Red Tomahawk, Sitting Bull’s Assassin