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22,970 (Northern: 10,840 [1] Southern: 12,130[2])

Regions with significant populations

  United States
United States
( Montana, Oklahoma)

Languages

Cheyenne, English, Plains Sign Talk

Religion

traditional tribal religion, Native American Church, and Christianity

Related ethnic groups

Arapaho, Blackfoot, Suhtai, and other Algonquian peoples

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
hide dress, ca. 1920, Gilcrease Museum

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
beaded hide shirt, Woolaroc

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
model tipi, buffalo hide, 1860

The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
(/ʃaɪˈæn/ shy-AN) are one of the indigenous peoples of the Great Plains
Great Plains
and their language is of the Algonquian language family. The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
comprise two Native American tribes, the Só'taeo'o or Só'taétaneo'o (more commonly spelled as Suhtai or Sutaio) and the Tsétsêhéstâhese (also spelled Tsitsistas[3]). These tribes merged in the early 19th century. Today, the Cheyenne people are split into two federally recognized Nations: the Southern Cheyenne, who are enrolled in the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho
Arapaho
Tribes in Oklahoma, and the Northern Cheyenne, who are enrolled in the Northern Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation in Montana. At the time of their first contact with the Europeans, the Cheyenne were living in the area of what is now Minnesota. At times they have been allied with the Lakota and Arapaho, and at other points enemies of the Lakota. In the early 18th century they migrated west across the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
and into North and South Dakota,[3] where they adopted the horse culture. Having settled the Black Hills
Black Hills
of South Dakota and the Powder River Country
Powder River Country
of present-day Montana, they introduced the horse culture to Lakota bands about 1730. Allied with the Arapaho, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
pushed the Kiowa
Kiowa
to the Southern Plains. In turn, they were pushed west by the more numerous Lakota. [4] The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Nation or Tsêhéstáno was at one time composed of ten bands that spread across the Great Plains
Great Plains
from southern Colorado
Colorado
to the Black Hills
Black Hills
in South Dakota. They fought their traditional enemies, the Crow and later (1856–79) the United States
United States
Army forces. In the mid-19th century, the bands began to split, with some bands choosing to remain near the Black Hills, while others chose to remain near the Platte Rivers of central Colorado. The Northern Cheyenne, known in Cheyenne
Cheyenne
either as Notameohmésêhese, meaning "Northern Eaters" or simply as Ohmésêhese meaning "Eaters", live in southeastern Montana
Montana
on the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation. Tribal enrollment figures, as of late 2014, indicate that there are approximately 10,840 members, of which about 4,939 reside on the reservation. Approximately 91% of the population are Native Americans (full or part race), with 72.8% identifying themselves as Cheyenne. Slightly more than one quarter of the population five years or older spoke a language other than English.[5] The Southern Cheyenne, known in Cheyenne
Cheyenne
as Heévâhetaneo'o meaning "Roped People", together with the Southern Arapaho, form the Cheyenne and Arapaho
Arapaho
Tribes, in western Oklahoma. Their combined population is 12,130, as of 2008[update].[2] In 2003, approximately 8,000 of these identified themselves as Cheyenne, although with continuing intermarriage it has become increasingly difficult to separate the tribes.[3]

Contents

1 Name 2 Language 3 History

3.1 Early history 3.2 Historical Cheyenne
Cheyenne
bands 3.3 Expansion on the Plains 3.4 Enemies and warrior culture 3.5 Relationship with the Arapaho 3.6 Treaty of 1825 3.7 Effects of the Emigrant Trail

3.7.1 Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
Treaty of 1851 3.7.2 Punitive US expedition of 1857 3.7.3 Pike's Peak Gold Rush 3.7.4 Battle of Washita River 3.7.5 Battle of the Little Bighorn 3.7.6 Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Exodus

3.8 Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation

4 Culture

4.1 Traditional Cheyenne
Cheyenne
plains culture 4.2 Role models 4.3 Ethnobotany

5 Notable Cheyenne 6 See also 7 References 8 Bibliography 9 Further reading 10 External links

Name[edit] The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Nation is composed of two tribes, the Só'taeo'o or Só'taétaneo'o (more commonly as Suhtai or Sutaio; singular: Só'taétane) and the Tsétsêhéstâhese (more commonly as the Tsitsistas; singular: Tsétsêhéstaestse), which translates to "those who are like this".[6] These two tribes had always traveled together, becoming fully merged sometime after 1831, when they were still noted as having separate camps. The Suhtai were said to have originally had slightly different speech and customs from their traveling companions.[7] The name "Cheyenne" may be derived from Dakota Sioux
Sioux
exonym for them, Šahíyena (meaning "little Šahíya"). Though the identity of the Šahíya is not known, many Great Plains
Great Plains
tribes assume it means Cree or some other people who spoke an Algonquian language related to Cree and Cheyenne.[8] The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
word for Ojibwe
Ojibwe
is "Sáhea'eo'o," a word that sounds similar to the Dakota word Šahíya." Another of the common etymologies for Cheyenne
Cheyenne
is "a bit like the [people of an] alien speech" (literally, "red-talker").[9] According to George Bird Grinnell, the Dakota had referred to themselves and fellow Siouan-language bands as "white talkers", and those of other language families, such as the Algonquian Cheyenne, as "red talkers" (Šahíyena).[7] The etymology of the name Tsitsistas (technically Tsétsėhéstȧhese), which the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
call themselves, is uncertain. According to the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
dictionary, offered online by Chief Dull Knife
Dull Knife
College, there is no definitive consensus and various studies of the origins and the translation of the word has been suggested. Grinnell's record is typical; he states "They call themselves Tsistsistas [sic, Tsitsistas is the correct pronunciation], which the books commonly give as meaning "people". It most likely means related to one another, similarly bred, like us, our people, or us.[10] The term for the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
homeland is Tsiihistano." Language[edit] Main article: Cheyenne
Cheyenne
language The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
of Montana
Montana
and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
speak the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
language, known as Tsêhésenêstsestôtse (common spelling: Tsisinstsistots). Approximately 800 people speak Cheyenne
Cheyenne
in Oklahoma.[3] There are only a handful of vocabulary differences between the two locations. The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
alphabet contains 14 letters. The Cheyenne language
Cheyenne language
is one of the larger Algonquian-language group. Formerly, the Só'taeo'o (Só'taétaneo'o) or Suhtai (Sutaio) bands of Southern and Northern Cheyenne
Cheyenne
spoke Só'taéka'ęškóne or Só'taenęstsestôtse, a language so close to Tsêhésenêstsestôtse ( Cheyenne
Cheyenne
language), that it is sometimes termed a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
dialect.[citation needed] History[edit] Early history[edit]

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
woman photograph by Edward S. Curtis, 1930

The earliest known written historical record of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
comes from the mid-17th century, when a group of Cheyenne
Cheyenne
visited the French Fort Crevecoeur, near present-day Peoria, Illinois. The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
at this time lived between the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
and Mille Lacs Lake
Mille Lacs Lake
in present-day Minnesota. The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
economy was based on the collection of wild rice and hunting, especially of bison, which lived in the prairies 70–80 miles west of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
villages.[11] According to tribal history, during the 17th century, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
had been driven by the Assiniboine (Hóheeheo'o - "wrapped ones or swaddled", adaptive from the Lakota/Dakota word Hóhe, meaning “rebels”) from the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
region to present-day Minnesota
Minnesota
and North Dakota, where they established villages. The most prominent of the ancient Cheyenne
Cheyenne
villages is Biesterfeldt Village, in eastern North Dakota
North Dakota
along the Sheyenne River. The tribal history also relates that they first reached the Missouri River
Missouri River
in 1676.[12] A more recent analysis of early records posits that at least some of the Cheyenne remained in the Mille Lac region of Minnesota
Minnesota
until about 1765, when the Ojibwe
Ojibwe
defeated the Dakota with firearms — pushing the Cheyenne, in turn, to the Minnesota
Minnesota
River, where they were reported in 1766.[13] On the Missouri River, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
came into contact with the neighboring Mandan, Hidatsa
Hidatsa
(Tsé-heše'émâheónese, "people who have soil houses"), and Arikara
Arikara
people (Ónoneo'o), and they adopted many of their cultural characteristics. They were first of the later Plains tribes into the Black Hills
Black Hills
and Powder River Country. About 1730, they introduced the horse to Lakota bands (Ho'óhomo'eo'o - “the invited ones (to Cheyenne
Cheyenne
lands i.e. the Black Hills)”). Conflict with migrating Lakota and Ojibwe
Ojibwe
people forced the Cheyenne further west, and they, in turn, pushed the Kiowa
Kiowa
to the south.[14] By 1776, the Lakota had overwhelmed the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and taken over much of their territory near the Black Hills. In 1804, Lewis and Clark visited a surviving Cheyenne
Cheyenne
village in North Dakota. Such European explorers learned many different names for the Cheyenne, and did not realize how the different sections were forming a unified tribe.[14] The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Nation is descended from two related tribes, the Tsétsêhéstâhese / Tsitsistas ( Cheyenne
Cheyenne
proper) and Só'taeo'o / Só'taétaneo'o (better known as Suhtai or Sutaio), the latter may have joined the Tsétsêhéstâhese in the early 18th century. Their oral history relays that both tribal peoples are characterized, and represented by two cultural heroes or prophets who received divine articles from their god Ma'heo'o (″Sacred Being, God″, commonly in English Maheo, Mahiu, this is a post-missionary term, formerly the plural Ma'heono was used), which the Só'taeo'o called He'emo (″Goddess, Female
Female
Sacred Being, God″, equivalent to Ma'heo'o in the Tsétsêhéstâhese dialect). The Tsétsêhéstâhese / Tsitsistas prophet Motsé'eóeve (Sweet Medicine Standing, Sweet Root Standing, commonly called Sweet Medicine) had received the Maahótse (in English known as Mahuts, a bundle of (Sacred) Arrows or the (Sacred) Arrows Bundle) at Nóávóse (″medicine(sacred)-hill″, name for Bear Butte, northwest of Rapid City, South Dakota),[15] which they carried when they waged tribal-level war[14] [16] [17] and were kept in the maahéome (Arrow Lodge or Arrow Tepee). He organized the structure of Cheyenne
Cheyenne
society, their military or war societies led by prominent warriors, their system of legal justice, and the Council of Forty-four peace chiefs, the latter was formed from four véhoo'o (chiefs or leaders) of the ten principal manaho (bands) and an additional four ″Old Man″ meeting to deliberate at regular tribal gatherings, centered around the Sun Dance.[3] Sweet Medicine is the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
prophet who predicted the coming of the horse, cow, whiteman, etc. to the Cheyenne. He was named for motsé'eonȯtse (sweetgrass), one of the sacred plant medicines used by many Plains peoples in ceremonies. The Só'taeo'o prophet Tomȯsévėséhe ("Erect Horns") had received the Ésevone (aka Is'siwun - "Sacred (Buffalo) Hat Bundle") at Toh'nihvoos (″Stone Hammer Mountain″) near the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
in the present state of Minnesota. The Ésevone / Hóhkėha'e (Sacred Buffalo Hat) is kept in the vonȧhéome (old term) or hóhkėha'éome (new term) ("Sacred Hat Lodge, Sacred Hat Tepee"). Erect Horns gave them the accompanying ceremonies and the Sun Dance. His vision convinced the tribe to abandon their earlier sedentary agricultural traditions to adopt nomadic Plains horse culture. They replaced their earth lodges with portable tipis and switched their diet from fish and agricultural produce, to mainly bison and wild fruits and vegetables. Their lands ranged from the upper Missouri River
Missouri River
into what is now Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and South Dakota.[citation needed] The Ésevone / Hóhkėha'e ("Sacred Buffalo Hat") is kept among the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
and Northern Só'taeo'o. The Tséá'enōvȧhtse (″Sacred (Buffalo) Hat Keeper″ or ″Keeper of the Sacred (Buffalo) Hat″) must belong to the Só'taeo'o (Northern or Southern alike). In the 1870s tribal leaders became disenchanted with the keeper of the bundle demanded the keeper Broken Dish give up the bundle; he agreed but his wife did not and desecrated the Sacred Hat and its contents; a ceremonial pipe and a buffalo horn were lost. In 1908 a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
named Three Fingers gave the horn back to the Hat; the pipe came into possession of a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
named Burnt All Over who gave it to Hattie Goit of Poteau, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
who in 1911 gave the pipe to the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Historical Society. In 1997 the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Historal Society negotiated with the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
to return the pipe to the tribal keeper of the Sacred Medicine Hat Bundle James Black Wolf.[18] The Maahótse (Sacred Arrows) are symbols of male power and the power of the Ésevone / Hóhkėha'e (Sacred Buffalo Hat) is female. The Sacred Buffalo Hat and the Sacred Arrows together form the two great covenants of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Nation. Through these two bundles, Ma'heo'o assures continual life and blessings for the people.

Historical Cheyenne
Cheyenne
bands[edit]

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Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
(known in Cheyenne
Cheyenne
either as Notameohmésêhese or Notameohmésėhétaneo'o meaning "Northern Eaters" or simply as Ohmésêhese / Ôhmésêheseo'o meaning "Eaters")

Notameohmésêhese / Notameohmésėhétaneo'o proper ("Northern Eaters", also simply known as Ȯhmésėhese / Ôhmésêheseo'o or Omísis - "Eaters", went by this names because they were known as great hunters and therefore had a good supply of meat to feed their people, most populous Cheyenne
Cheyenne
group, inhabited land from the northern and western Black Hills
Black Hills
(Mo'ȯhtávo'honáéva - ″black-rock-Location″) toward the Powder River Country (Páeo'hé'e - ″gunpowder river″ or ″coal river″), often they were accompanied by their Totoemanaho and Northern Só'taeo'o kin, had through intermarriages close ties to Lakota, today they - along with the Northern Só'taeo'o - are the most influential among the Northern Cheyenne) Northern Oévemanaho / Oivimána (Northern Oévemana - "Northern Scabby", "Northern Scalpers", now living in and around Birney, Montana (Oévemanâhéno - ″scabby-band-place″) near the confluence of the Tongue River and Hanging Woman Creek in the southeastern corner of the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation) Northern Só'taeo'o / Só'taétaneo'o (Suhtai or Sutaio, married only other Só'taeo'o (Northern or Southern alike) and camped always separate from the other Cheyenne
Cheyenne
camps, maintained closest ties to the Notameohmésêhese band, lived in the northern and western Black Hills (Mo'ȯhtávo'honáéva - ″black-rock-Location″) and roamed together with their Notameohmésêhese and Totoemanaho kin also in the Powder River Country
Powder River Country
(Páeo'hé'e), remained north of the Platte River, where they gained higher band numbers than their southern kin because of better Northern hunting and grass, now living in and around Birney, Montana
Montana
(Oévemanâhéno - ″scabby-band-place″), today they - along with the Notameohmésêhese - are the most influential among the Northern Cheyenne)

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Lesser northern bands (not represented in the Council of Forty-Four):

Anskówînîs / Anskowinis ("Narrow Nose", "narrow-nose-bridge", named after their first chief, properly named Broken Dish, but nicknamed Anskówǐnǐs, they separated from the Ôhmésêheseo'o on account of a quarrel) Moktavhetaneo / Mo'ȯhtávėhetaneo'o (Mo'ôhtávêhetane - "Black skinned Men", "Ute-like Men", because they had darker skin than other Cheyenne, they looked more like the Utes to their Cheyenne
Cheyenne
kin, also meaning ″Mountain Men″, maybe descended from Ute (Mo'ȯhtávėhetaneo'o) captives, living today in the Lame Deer, Montana
Montana
(Mo'ȯhtávȯheomenéno - ″black-lodge-place″) district on the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation; because Lame Deer as tribal and government agency headquarters was also the place where rations were given out it is also known as Meaveʼhoʼeno - ″the giving place″ or ″giving-whiteman-place″) Ononeo'o / Ononeo (" Arikara
Arikara
People" or ″Ree Band″, because they were through intermarriage of mixed Cheyenne- Arikara
Arikara
and Mandan heritage, formerly strong associated with the mixed Cheyenne-Lakota Masikota band, sometimes sought of as a Masikota subband, today they live in the nonofficial Rosebud/Ree district (Ónoneo'o), politically part of the Muddy Creek district, between Busby and Muddy Creek, some are also present in the Lame Deer district) Totoemanaho / Totoimana (Totoemana, Tútoimanáh - "Backward Clan", "Shy Clan" or "Bashful Clan", also translated as ″Reticent Band″, and ″Unwilling Band″, so named because they prefer to camp by themselves, lived in the northern and western Black Hills (Mo'ȯhtávo'honáéva - ″black-rock-Location″) and along the Tongue River (Vétanovéo'hé'e - ″Tongue River″), roamed together with their Notameohmésêhese and Northern Só'taeo'o kin also in the Powder River Country
Powder River Country
(Páeo'hé'e), had through intermarriages close ties to Lakota, now centered in and around Ashland, Montana (Vóhkoohémâhoéve'ho'éno, formerly called Totoemanáheno) immediately east of the boundary of the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation) Vóhpoométaneo'o / Woxpometaneo (Voxpometaneo - "White River People", ″White River Cheyenne″, named for the White River (Vóhpoome) near Pine Ridge in South Dakota, also named after a large extended family as Wóopotsît or Wóhkpotsit - "White Wolf", ″White Crafty People″, the majority joined their Cheyenne
Cheyenne
kin and settled 1891 south of Kirby, Montana
Montana
near the headwaters of the Rosebud Creek and are now centered in and around Busby, Montana
Montana
(Vóhpoométanéno) on the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation, some stayed on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with their Oglala Lakota
Oglala Lakota
kin and are known as Tsėhésė-ho'óhomo'eo'o - ″Cheyenne-Sioux″)

Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
(known in Cheyenne
Cheyenne
as Heévâhetaneo'o meaning "Roped People" - after the most populous band, also commonly known as Sówoniá - "the Southern People")

Heévâhetaneo'o / Hevhaitaneo proper (Hévhaitanio - "Haire Rope Men", "Hairy People", also ″Fur Men″, were close affiliated to Arapaho, known as great warriors and noted among the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
as the best horse tamers and horse raiders from surrounding tribes - especially from the horse-rich Kiowa
Kiowa
(Vétapâhaetó'eo'o - ″greasy-wood-ones″) and Comanche
Comanche
(Šé'šenovotsétaneo'o - ″snake people″) to the south, they initiated in 1826 under their Chief Yellow Wolf (Ho'néoxheóvaestse) - together with some Arapaho
Arapaho
- the migration of some Cheyenne
Cheyenne
bands south of the Platte River (Meneo'hé'e - ″Moon Shell River″, North Platte River
Platte River
was known by the same name) toward the Arkansas River
Arkansas River
(Mótsėsóoneo'hé'e - ″Flint River″) and the establishment of Bents Fort, their tribal lands were between that of the Southern Oévemanaho in the west, the Wotápio in the east and the Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
and Hesé'omeétaneo'o in the north, heavy cholera losses in 1849, perhaps half of the survivors were lost at Sand Creek, including the chiefs Yellow Wolf and Big Man; they are today predominant among the Southern Cheyenne) Hesé'omeétaneo'o / Hisiometaneo (Hisíometanio or Issiometaniu - "Ridge People/Men" or ″Hill Band″, also given as ″Pipestem (River) People″, originally part of the Heévâhetaneo'o, also had close ties with the Oglala and Sičháŋǧu (Brulé) Lakota, first living just south of the Masikota along the Niobrara River
Niobrara River
north of the North Platte River
Platte River
in Nebraska, later they moved south into the hill country along the Upper Smoky Hill River
Smoky Hill River
and north of the Upper Arkansas River
Arkansas River
in Colorado
Colorado
- in lands mostly west of the closely associated Southern Só'taeo'o and Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
band and north of the Southern Oévemanaho and Heévâhetaneo'o, ranged sometimes with Comanche
Comanche
south onto the Staked Plains, under chief White Antelope at Sand Creek they experienced heavy losses) Heviksnipahis / Iviststsinihpah ("Aorta People" or "Burnt Aorta People"; as caretakers for the Sacred Arrows, they were also considered as the Tsétsêhéstâhese / Tsitsistas proper or known to the other bands as ″Arrow People″, originally living along the forks of the Cheyenne River
Cheyenne River
and in the eastern Black Hills
Black Hills
in western Wyoming, they moved between 1815 and 1825 south to the forks of the North and South Platte River
Platte River
(Vétaneo'hé'e - ″Fat River″ or ″Tallow River″), which made sense geographically since their lands was a central location for all bands and convenient for the performance of the annual ceremonies; later, they moved further south and ranged between the Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
band in the north, the Oo'kóhta'oná in the southeast, the Hónowa and Wotápio in the south) Hónowa / Háovȯhnóvȧhese / Nėstamenóoheo'o (Háovôhnóva, Hownowa, Hotnowa - "Poor People", also known as ″Red Lodges People″, lived south of the Oo'kóhta'oná and east of the Wotápio) Southern Oévemanaho / Oivimána (Southern Oévemana - "Southern Scabby", "Southern Scalpers", originally part of the Heévâhetaneo'o, were also close affiliated to Arapaho, moved together with the Heévâhetaneo'o under Chief Yellow Wolf in 1826 south of the Platte River to the Arkansas River, ranged south of the Hesé'omeétaneo'o and west of the Heévâhetaneo'o, led by War Bonnet they lost at Sand Creek about half their number, now living near Watonga (Tséh-ma'ėho'a'ē'ta - ″where there are red (hills) facing together″, also called Oévemanâhéno - ″scabby-band-place″) and Canton, Blaine County, on lands of the former Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho Indian Reservation in Oklahoma) Masikota ("Crickets", "Grasshoppers", ″Grey Hair(ed) band″, ″Flexed Leg band″ or ″Wrinkled Up band″, perhaps a Lakotiyapi word mazikute - "iron (rifle) shooters", from mazi - "iron" and kute - "to shoot", mixed Cheyenne-Lakota band, were known by the latter as Sheo, lived southeast of the Black Hills
Black Hills
along the White River (Vóhpoome), intermarried with Oglala Lakota
Oglala Lakota
and Sičháŋǧu Oyáte (Brule Lakota), was the first group of the tribal unit on the Plains, hence their name First Named, almost wiped out by the cholera epidemic of 1849, joined afterwards the military society Dog Soldiers (Hotamétaneo'o), which took their place as a band in the Cheyenne tribal circle, not present at Sand Creek in 1864, important at Battle of Summit Springs of 1869) Oo'kóhta'oná / Ohktounna (Oktogona, Oktogana, Oqtóguna or Oktoguna - "Bare Legged", "Protruding Jaw", referring to the art of dancing the Deer Dance before they were going to war, formerly strong associated with the mixed Cheyenne-Lakota Masikota band, sometimes sought of as a Masikota subband, living north of the Hónowa and south of the Heviksnipahis, almost wiped out by an cholera epidemic in 1849, perhaps also joining the Dog Soldiers) Wotápio / Wutapai (from the Lakotiyapi word Wutapiu: - "Eat with Lakota-Sioux", "Half-Cheyenne", "Cheyenne-Sioux", originally a band of Lakota Sioux
Sioux
which joined the Southern Cheyenne, by 1820 they had moved south to the Arkansas River
Arkansas River
in Colorado, where they lived and camped together with their Kiowa
Kiowa
allies, through intermarriage becoming a mixed Cheyenne-speaking and identifying hybrid Cheyenne- Kiowa
Kiowa
band with Lakota origin, their hunting lands were between the Hónowa in the east, the Heévâhetaneo'o to the west, and the Heviksnipahis to the north, hardest hit by the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864) Southern Só'taeo'o / Só'taétaneo'o (Suhtai or Sutaio, married only other Só'taeo'o (Northern or Southern alike) and always camped separately from the other Cheyenne
Cheyenne
camps, maintained closest ties to the Hesé'omeétaneo'o band, joined together with the emerging Dog Soldiers band lands along the Smoky Hill River
Smoky Hill River
(Mano'éo'hé'e - ″gather(timber) river″), Saline (Šéstotó'eo'hé'e - "Cedar River") and Solomon Rivers (Ma'xêhe'néo'hé'e - "turkey-creek"), in north-central Kansas, their favourite hunting grounds were north of the Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
along the upper subbasins of the Republican River (Ma'êhóóhévâhtseo'hé'e - ″Red Shield River″, so named because there gathered the warriors of the Ma'ėhoohēvȧhtse (Red Shield Warriors Society)) especially along the Beaver Creek, which was although a spiritual place, the Hesé'omeétaneo'o mostly ranged west and northwest of them)[19]

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lesser southern bands (not represented in the Council of Forty-Four):

Moiseo / Moiseyu (Monsoni - "Flint-Men", called after the Flintmen Society (Motsêsóonetaneo'o), were also called Otata-voha - "Blue Horses", after Blue Horse, the first leader of the Coyote Warriors Society (O'ôhoménotâxeo'o), both were branches of the Fox Warriors Society (Vóhkêséhetaneo'o or Monêsóonetaneo'o), one of the four original Cheyenne
Cheyenne
military societies, also known as ″Flies″, originally a Sioux
Sioux
band from Minnesota, the greater part departed from the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
about 1815 joining Sioux
Sioux
bands in Minnesota, the remaining were associated strong with / or joined the Wotápio) Ná'kuimana / Nakoimana (Nakoimanah - "Bear People")

The Heviksnipahis (Iviststsinihpah, also known as the Tsétsêhéstâhese / Tsitsistas proper), Heévâhetaneo'o (Hevhaitaneo), Masikota (in Lakotiyapi: Sheo), Omísis (Ôhmésêheseo'o, the Notameohmésêhese proper), Só'taeo'o / Só'taétaneo'o (Suhtai or Sutaio, Northern and Southern), Wotápio (Wutapai), Oévemanaho (Oivimána or Oévemana, Northern and Southern), Hesé'omeétaneo'o (Hisiometaneo or Issiometaniu), Oo'kóhta'oná (Ohktounna or Oqtóguna) and the Hónowa (Háovȯhnóvȧhese or Nėstamenóoheo'o) were the ten principal bands that had the right to send four chief delegates representing them in the Council of Forty-Four. After the Masikota and Oo'kóhta'oná bands had been almost wiped out through a cholera epidemic in 1849, the remaining Masikota joined the Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
warrior society (Hotamétaneo'o). They effectively became a separate band and in 1850 took over the position in the camp circle formerly occupied by the Masikota. The members often opposed policies of peace chiefs such as Black Kettle. Over time, the Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
took a prominent leadership role in the wars against the whites. In 1867, most of the band were killed by United States
United States
Army forces in the Battle of Summit Springs. Due to an increasing division between the Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
and the council chiefs with respect to policy towards the whites, the Dog Soldiers became separated from the other Cheyenne
Cheyenne
bands. They effectively became a third division of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
people, between the Northern Cheyenne, who ranged north of the Platte River, and the Southern Cheyenne, who occupied the area north of the Arkansas River. Expansion on the Plains[edit]

Portrait of Cheyenne
Cheyenne
chief Wolf-on-the-Hill by George Catlin, 1832. A band of Cheyenne
Cheyenne
visited Fort Pierre in 1832 where some were painted by Catlin during a westward expedition.

After being pushed south and westward by the Lakota, the unified Cheyenne people
Cheyenne people
began to create and expand a new territory of their own. Sometime around 1811 the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
made a formal alliance with the Arapaho
Arapaho
people (Hetanevo'eo'o - „People of the Sky“, „Cloud People“, because of their close interaction also known as Héstanėheo'o - “people, mankind, tribe of people”), which would remain strong throughout their history and into modern times. The alliance helped the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
expand their territory which stretched from southern Montana, through most of Wyoming, the eastern half of Colorado, far western Nebraska, and far western Kansas. As early as 1820, traders and explorers reported contact with Cheyenne
Cheyenne
at present-day Denver, Colorado
Colorado
and on the Arkansas River. They were probably hunting and trading in that area earlier. They may have migrated to the south for winter. The Hairy Rope band is reputed to have been the first band to move south, capturing wild horses as far south as the Cimarron River Valley.[20] In response to the construction of Bent’s Fort
Bent’s Fort
by Charles Bent, a friend of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
who established a popular trading area for the Cheyenne, a large portion of the tribe moved further south and stayed around the area.[21] The other part of the tribe continued to live along the headwaters of the North Platte and Yellowstone rivers. The groups became the Southern Cheyenne, known as Sówoníă (Southerners) and the Northern Cheyenne, known as O'mǐ'sǐs (Eaters). The separation of the tribe was only a geographic one and the two divisions had regular and close contact. In the southern portion of their territory the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho warred with the allied Comanche, Kiowa, and Plains Apache. Numerous battles were fought including a notable fight along the Washita River in 1836 with the Kiowa
Kiowa
which resulted in the death of 48 Cheyenne warriors of the Bowstring society.[22] In summer 1838, many Cheyenne and Arapaho
Arapaho
attacked a camp of Kiowa
Kiowa
and Comanche
Comanche
along Wolf Creek in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
resulting in heavy losses from both sides. Conflict with the Comanche, Kiowa, and Plains Apache
Plains Apache
ended in 1840 when the tribes made an alliance with each other. The new alliance allowed the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
to enter the Llano Estacado
Llano Estacado
in the Texas and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
panhandles and northeastern New Mexico
Mexico
to hunt bison and trade. Their expansion in the south and alliance with the Kiowa
Kiowa
led to their first raid into Mexico
Mexico
in 1853. The raid ended in disaster with heavy resistance from Mexican lancers, resulting in all but three of the war party being killed. To the north the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
made a strong alliance with the Lakota Sioux, which allowed them to expand their territory into part of their former lands around the Black Hills. They managed to escape the smallpox epidemics, which swept across the plains from white settlements in 1837-39, by heading into the Rocky Mountains, but were greatly affected by the Cholera
Cholera
epidemic in 1849. Contact with Euro-Americans was mostly light, with most contact involving mountain men, traders, explorers, treaty makers, and painters. Enemies and warrior culture[edit] See also: Cheyenne
Cheyenne
military societies

Painting of chief Chief Killer, a Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
war chief, wearing society headdress. Painted by E.A Burbank, 1899.

Ledger drawing by Hubble Big Horse showing a battle between Cheyenne warriors and Mexican lancers.

Ledger drawing showing a battle between a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
warrior (right) and an Osage or Pawnee warrior (left).

Ledger drawing of a mounted Cheyenne
Cheyenne
warrior counting coup with lance on a dismounted Crow warrior.

Ledger drawing of a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
warrior with pronghorn horned headdress, symbol of the Crazy Dog Society.

Like many other plains Indian nations, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
were a horse and warrior people who developed as skilled and powerful mounted warriors. A warrior was viewed by the people not as a maker of war but as a protector, provider, and leader. Warriors gained rank in Cheyenne society by performing and accumulating various acts of bravery in battle known as coups. The title of war chief could be earned by any warrior who performs enough of the specific coups required to become a war chief. Specific warrior societies developed among the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
as with other plains nations. Each society had selected leaders who would invite those that they saw worthy enough to their society lodge for initiation into the society. Often, societies would have minor rivalries; however, they might work together as a unit when warring with an enemy. Military societies played an important role in Cheyenne government. Society leaders were often in charge of organizing hunts and raids as well as ensuring proper discipline and the enforcement of laws within the nation.[23] Each of the six distinct warrior societies of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
would take turns assuming the leadership role within the nation.[24] The four original military societies of the Cheyenne were the Swift Fox Society, Elk Horn Scrapper or Crooked Lance Society, Shield Society, and the Bowstring Men Society. The fifth society is split between the Crazy Dog Society and the famous Dog Soldiers. The sixth society is the Contrary Warrior Society, most notable for riding backwards into battle as a sign of bravery.[6] All six societies and their various branches exist among the Southern and Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Nations in present times. Warriors used a combination of traditional weapons such as various types of war clubs, tomahawks, bows and arrows, and lances as well as non-traditional weapons such as revolvers, rifles, and shotguns acquired through raid and trade. The enemies of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
included the Crow (Óoetaneo'o - “crow (bird) people”), Shoshone (Sósone'eo'o), Blackfeet (Mo'ôhtávêhahtátaneo'o, same literal meaning), Flathead (Kȧhkoestséataneo'o - “flat-headed-people”), Nez Perce (Otaesétaneo'o - “pierced nose people”), Arikara, Gros Ventre (Hestóetaneo'o - “beggars for meat”, “spongers” or Môhónooneo'o - lit. “scouting all over ones”), Assiniboine, and Plains Cree
Cree
(Vóhkoohétaneo'o - “rabbit people”) to the north and west of Cheyenne
Cheyenne
territory. By the help of the Medicine Arrows (the Mahuts), the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
tribe massacred a Crow camp in 1820.[25] To the east of Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Territory they fought with the Sioux, Pawnee (Ho'néhetaneo'o - “wolf people”, possibly an adaptive from the Skiri/ Skidi
Skidi
Pawnee or Wolf Pawnee), Ponca
Ponca
(Onéhao'o), Kaw (Oo'kóhtâxétaneo'o - “cut hair people”), Iowa, Ho-Chunk
Ho-Chunk
and Omaha (Onéhao'o). The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
lost the Medicine Arrows during an attack on a hunting camp of Pawnees around 1830.[26] South of Cheyenne territory they fought with the Kiowa
Kiowa
(Vétapâhaetó'eo'o - “greasy wood ones”), Comanche
Comanche
(Šé'šenovotsétaneo'o - “snake people”), Ute (Mo'ȯhtávėhetaneo'o - “black (skinned) people”), Plains Apache
Plains Apache
(Mȯhtséheonetaneo'o - “occupied.comp-people”), Osage (Oo'kóhtâxétaneo'o - “cut hair people”), Wichita people, various Apache
Apache
tribes and Navajo (Hotamó'keeho - “Indians from out west”; collective name for tribes of the Southswest and Great Basin). Many of the enemies the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
fought were only encountered occasionally, such as on a long distance raid or hunt. Some of their enemies, particularly the Indian peoples of the eastern great plains such as the Pawnee and Osage would act as Indian Scouts for the US Army, providing valuable tracking skills and information regarding Cheyenne
Cheyenne
habits and fighting strategies to US soldiers. Some of their enemies such as the Lakota would later in their history become their strong allies, helping the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
fight against the United States
United States
Army during Red Cloud's War and the Great Sioux
Sioux
War of 1876. The Comanche, Kiowa
Kiowa
and Plains Apache became allies of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
towards the end of the Indian wars on the southern plains, fighting together during conflicts such as the Red River War.[27] Relationship with the Arapaho[edit] See also: Arapaho
Arapaho
people The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho
Arapaho
people formed an alliance around 1811 that helped them expand their territories and strengthen their presence on the plains. Like the Cheyenne, the Arapaho
Arapaho
language is part of the Algonquian group, although the two languages are not mutually intelligible. The Arapaho
Arapaho
remained strong allies with the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and helped them fight alongside the Sioux
Sioux
during Red Cloud's War
Red Cloud's War
and the Great Sioux
Sioux
War of 1876, also known commonly as the Black Hills
Black Hills
War. On the southern plains, the Arapaho
Arapaho
and Cheyenne
Cheyenne
allied with the Comanche, Kiowa, and Plains Apache
Plains Apache
to fight invading settlers and US soldiers. The Arapaho
Arapaho
were present with the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
at the Sand Creek Massacre when a peaceful encampment of mostly women, children, and the elderly were attacked and massacred by US soldiers. Both major divisions of the Cheyenne, the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
and Southern Cheyenne were allies to the Arapaho
Arapaho
who like the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
are split into northern and southern divisions. The Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
and Southern Arapaho
Arapaho
were assigned to the same reservation in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Indian Territory and remained together as the federally recognized Cheyenne and Arapaho
Arapaho
Tribes after the reservation was opened to American settlement and into modern times.[28] The Northern Arapaho
Arapaho
were to be assigned a reservation of their own or share one with the Cheyenne however the government failed to provide them with either and placed them on the already established Wind River Indian Reservation
Wind River Indian Reservation
in Wyoming
Wyoming
with their former enemies the Shoshone. Treaty of 1825[edit] In the summer of 1825, the tribe was visited on the upper Missouri by a US treaty commission consisting of General Henry Atkinson and Indian agent Benjamin O'Fallon, accompanied by a military escort of 476 men. General Atkinson and his fellow commissioner left Fort Atkinson on May 16, 1825. Ascending the Missouri, they negotiated treaties of friendship and trade with tribes of the upper Missouri, including the Arikara, the Cheyenne, the Crow, the Mandan, the Ponca, and several bands of the Sioux. At that time, the US had competition on the upper Missouri from British traders, who came down from Canada. The treaties acknowledged that the tribes lived within the United States, vowed perpetual friendship between the US and the tribes, and, recognizing the right of the United States
United States
to regulate trade, the tribes promised to deal only with licensed traders. The tribes agreed to forswear private retaliation for injuries, and to return or indemnify the owner of stolen horses or other goods. The commission's efforts to contact the Blackfoot
Blackfoot
and the Assiniboine were unsuccessful. During their return to Fort Atkinson at the Council Bluff in Nebraska, the commission had successful negotiations with the Ota, the Pawnee and the Omaha.[29] Effects of the Emigrant Trail[edit] Increased traffic of emigrants along the related Oregon, Mormon
Mormon
and California
California
trails, beginning in the early 1840s, heightened competition with Native Americans for scarce resources of water and game in arid areas. With resource depletion along the trails, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
became increasingly divided into the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
and Southern Cheyenne, where they could have adequate territory for sustenance. During the California
California
Gold Rush, emigrants brought in cholera. It spread in mining camps and waterways due to poor sanitation. The disease was generally a major cause of death for emigrants, about one-tenth of whom died during their journeys. Perhaps from traders, the cholera epidemic reached the Plains Indians in 1849, resulting in severe loss of life during the summer of that year. Historians estimate about 2,000 Cheyenne
Cheyenne
died, one-half to two-thirds of their population. There were significant losses among other tribes as well, which weakened their social structures. Perhaps because of severe loss of trade during the 1849 season, Bent's Fort was abandoned and burned.[30] Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
Treaty of 1851[edit]

Arapaho
Arapaho
and Cheyenne
Cheyenne
1851 treaty territory. (Area 426 and 477). Area 477 is the reserve established by treaty of Fort Wise, February 18, 1861.

In 1846, Thomas Fitzpatrick was appointed US Indian agent for the upper Arkansas and Platte River. His efforts to negotiate with the Northern Cheyenne, the Arapaho
Arapaho
and other tribes led to a great council at Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
in 1851. Treaties were negotiated by a commission consisting of Fitzpatrick and David Dawson Mitchell, US Superintendent of Indian Affairs, with the Indians of the northern plains. To reduce intertribal warfare on the Plains, the government officials "assigned" territories to each tribe and had them pledge mutual peace. In addition, the government secured permission to build and maintain roads for European-American travelers and traders through Indian country on the Plains, such as the Emigrant Trail
Emigrant Trail
and the Santa Fe Trail, and to maintain forts to guard them. The tribes were compensated with annuities of cash and supplies for such encroachment on their territories. The Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
Treaty of 1851 affirmed the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho
Arapaho
territory on the Great Plains
Great Plains
between the North Platte River
Platte River
and the Arkansas. This territory included what is now Colorado, east of the Front Range of the Rockies and north of the Arkansas River; Wyoming
Wyoming
and Nebraska, south of the North Platte River; and extreme western Kansas.[31] Punitive US expedition of 1857[edit] In April 1856, an incident at the Platte River
Platte River
Bridge (near present-day Casper, Wyoming), resulted in the wounding of a Cheyenne warrior. He returned to the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
on the plains. During the summer of 1856, Indians attacked travelers along the Emigrant Trail
Emigrant Trail
near Fort Kearny. In retaliation, the US Cavalry attacked a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
camp on Grand Island in Nebraska. They killed ten Cheyenne
Cheyenne
warriors and wounded eight or more. Cheyenne
Cheyenne
parties attacked at least three emigrant settler parties before returning to the Republican River. The Indian agent at Fort Laramie negotiated with the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
to reduce hostilities, but the Secretary of War ordered the 1st Cavalry Regiment (1855)
1st Cavalry Regiment (1855)
to carry out a punitive expedition under the command of Colonel Edwin V. Sumner. He went against the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
in the spring of 1857. Major John Sedgwick led part of the expedition up the Arkansas River, and via Fountain Creek to the South Platte River. Sumner's command went west along the North Platte to Fort Laramie, then down along the Front Range to the South Platte. The combined force of 400 troops went east through the plains searching for Cheyenne.[32][33][34] Under the influence of the medicine man White Bull (also called Ice) and Grey Beard (also called Dark), the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
went into battle believing that strong spiritual medicine would prevent the soldiers' guns from firing. They were told that if they dipped their hands in a nearby spring, they had only to raise their hands to repel army bullets. Hands raised, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
surrounded the advancing troops as they advanced near the Solomon River. Sumner ordered a cavalry charge and the troops charged with drawn sabers; the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
fled. With tired horses after long marches, the cavalry could not engage more than a few Cheyenne, as their horses were fresh. This was the first battle which the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
fought against the US Army. Casualties were few on each side; J.E.B. Stuart, then a young lieutenant, was shot in the breast while attacking a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
warrior with a sabre. The troops continued on and two days later burned a hastily abandoned Cheyenne
Cheyenne
camp; they destroyed lodges and the winter supply of buffalo meat.[33][34][35][36] Sumner continued to Bent's Fort. To punish the Cheyenne, he distributed their annuities to the Arapaho. He intended further punitive actions, but the Army ordered him to Utah because of an outbreak of trouble with the Mormons (this would be known as the Utah War). The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
moved below the Arkansas into Kiowa
Kiowa
and Comanche country. In the fall, the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
returned to their country north of the Platte.[33][35][37] Pike's Peak Gold Rush[edit]

Dull Knife
Dull Knife
(Cheyenne: Vóóhéhéve or Lakota: Tamílapéšni), Chief of Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
at Battle of Little Bighorn

Chief Black Kettle
Black Kettle
of the Southern Cheyenne, an advocate of peace among his people.

Starting in 1859 with the Colorado
Colorado
Gold Rush, European-American settlers moved into lands reserved for the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and other Plains Indians. Travel greatly increased along the Emigrant Trail
Emigrant Trail
along the South Platte River
Platte River
and some emigrants stopped before going on to California. For several years there was peace between settlers and Indians. The only conflicts were related to the endemic warfare between the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho
Arapaho
of the plains and the Utes of the mountains. US negotiations with Black Kettle
Black Kettle
and other Cheyenne
Cheyenne
favoring peace resulted in the Treaty of Fort Wise: it established a small reservation for the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
in southeastern Colorado
Colorado
in exchange for the territory agreed to in the Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
Treaty of 1851. Many Cheyenne
Cheyenne
did not sign the treaty, and they continued to live and hunt on their traditional grounds in the Smokey Hill and Republican basins, between the Arkansas and the South Platte, where there were plentiful buffalo.[38] Efforts to make a wider peace continued, but in the spring of 1864, John Evans, governor of Colorado
Colorado
Territory, and John Chivington, commander of the Colorado
Colorado
Volunteers, a citizens militia, began a series of attacks on Indians camping or hunting on the plains. They killed any Indian on sight and initiated the Colorado
Colorado
War. General warfare broke out and Indians made many raids on the trail along the South Platte, which Denver depended on for supplies. The Army closed the road from August 15 until September 24, 1864.[38] On November 29, 1864, the Colorado
Colorado
Militia attacked a Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho
Arapaho
encampment under Chief Black Kettle, although it flew a flag of truce and indicated its allegiance to the US government. The Sand Creek massacre, as it came to be known, resulted in the death of between 150 and 200 Cheyenne, mostly unarmed women and children. The survivors fled northeast and joined the camps of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
on the Smokey Hill and Republican rivers. There warriors smoked the war pipe, passing it from camp to camp among the Sioux, Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho.[39] In January 1865, they planned and carried out an attack with about 1000 warriors on Camp Rankin, a stage station and fort at Julesburg. The Indians made numerous raids along the South Platte, both east and west of Julesburg, and raided the fort again in early February. They captured much loot and killed many European Americans. Most of the Indians moved north into Nebraska
Nebraska
on their way to the Black Hills
Black Hills
and the Powder River.[39] (See Battle of Julesburg, Battle of Mud Springs, Battle of Rush Creek, Powder River Expedition, Battle of Platte Bridge) Black Kettle
Black Kettle
continued to desire peace and did not join in the second raid or in the plan to go north to the Powder River country. He left the large camp and returned with 80 lodges of his tribesmen to the Arkansas River, where he intended to seek peace with the US.[40] Battle of Washita River[edit] Four years later, on November 27, 1868, George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer
and his troops attacked Black Kettle's band at the Battle of Washita River. Although his band was camped on a defined reservation, complying with the government's orders, some of its members had been linked to raiding into Kansas
Kansas
by bands operating out of the Indian Territory. Custer claimed 103 Cheyenne
Cheyenne
"warriors" and an unspecified number of women and children killed whereas different Cheyenne informants named between 11 and 18 men (mostly 10 Cheyenne, 2 Arapaho, 1 Mexican trader) and between 17 and 25 women and children killed in the village.[citation needed] There are conflicting claims as to whether the band was hostile or friendly. Historians believe that Chief Black Kettle, head of the band, was not part of the war party but the peace party within the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
nation. But, he did not command absolute authority over members of his band and the European Americans did not understand this. When younger members of the band took part in raiding parties, European Americans blamed the entire band for the incidents and casualties.[citation needed] Battle of the Little Bighorn[edit]

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The Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which took place on June 25, 1876. The Cheyenne, together with the Lakota, other Sioux
Sioux
warriors and a small band of Arapaho, killed General George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer
and much of his 7th Cavalry contingent of soldiers. Historians have estimated that the population of the Cheyenne, Lakota and Arapaho
Arapaho
encampment along the Little Bighorn River was approximately 10,000, making it one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in North America in pre-reservation times. News of the event traveled across the United States
United States
and reached Washington, D.C., just as the nation was celebrating its Centennial. Public reaction arose in outrage against the Cheyenne. Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Exodus[edit] Main articles: Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Exodus and Fort Robinson
Fort Robinson
tragedy

Little Coyote (Little Wolf) and Morning Star (Dull Knife), chiefs of the Northern Cheyenne

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
prisoners in Kansas
Kansas
involved in escape northward. From left to right: Tangle Hair, Wild Hog, Strong Left Hand, George Reynolds (interpreter), Old Crow, Noisy Walker, Porcupine, and Blacksmith. All prisoners were released free from charges.

Following the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the US Army increased attempts to capture the Cheyenne. In 1879, after the Dull Knife
Dull Knife
Fight, when Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse
surrendered at Fort Robinson, a few Cheyenne
Cheyenne
chiefs and their people surrendered as well. They were Dull Knife, Standing Elk and Wild Hog with around 130 Cheyenne. Later that year Two Moons surrendered at Fort Keogh, with 300 Cheyenne. The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
wanted and expected to live on the reservation with the Sioux
Sioux
in accordance to an April 29, 1868 treaty of Fort Laramie, which both Dull Knife
Dull Knife
and Little Wolf
Little Wolf
had signed.[41] As part of a US increase in troops following the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the Army reassigned Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie
Ranald S. Mackenzie
and his Fourth Cavalry to the Department of the Platte. Stationed initially at Camp Robinson, they formed the core of the Powder River Expedition. It departed in October 1876 to locate the northern Cheyenne
Cheyenne
villages. On November 25, 1876, his column discovered and defeated a village of Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
in the Dull Knife Fight
Dull Knife Fight
in Wyoming
Wyoming
Territory. After the soldiers destroyed the lodges and supplies, and confiscated the horses, the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
soon surrendered. They hoped to remain with the Sioux
Sioux
in the north but the US pressured them to locate with the Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
on their reservation in Indian Territory. After a difficult council, the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
eventually agreed to go South. When the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
arrived at Indian Territory, conditions were very difficult: rations were inadequate, there were no buffalo near the reservation and, according to several sources, there was malaria among the people. On 9 September 1878, a portion of the Northern Cheyenne, led by Little Wolf
Little Wolf
and Dull Knife
Dull Knife
started their trek back to the north. On reaching the northern area, they split into two bands. That led by Dull Knife
Dull Knife
(mostly women, children and elders) surrendered and were taken to Fort Robinson, where subsequent events became known as the Fort Robinson
Fort Robinson
tragedy. Dull Knife's group was first offered food and firewood and then, after a week and a half, they were told to go back to Indian territory. When they said no, they were then locked in the wooden barracks with no food, water or firewood for heat for four days. Most escaped in an estimated forty degrees below zero on January 9, 1879, but all were recaptured or killed.[41][42] Eventually the US forced the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
onto a reservation, in southern Montana.[41][42][43] Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation[edit]

Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation flag

Main article: Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation

White Buffalo, a Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
chief who received the rank of sergeant in the United States
United States
Army.

The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
who traveled to Fort Keogh
Fort Keogh
(present day Miles City, Montana), including Little Wolf, settled near the fort.[41] Many of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
worked with the army as scouts. The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
scouts were pivotal in helping the Army find Chief Joseph
Chief Joseph
and his band of Nez Percé in northern Montana. Fort Keogh
Fort Keogh
became a staging and gathering point for the Northern Cheyenne. Many families began to migrate south to the Tongue River watershed area, where they established homesteads.[44]

Map of Indian Reservations in the state of Montana
Montana
including the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Reservation.

The US established the Tongue River Indian Reservation, now named the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation, of 371,200 acres (1,502 km2) by the executive order of President Chester A. Arthur November 16, 1884. It excluded Cheyenne
Cheyenne
who had homesteaded further east near the Tongue River. The western boundary is the Crow Indian Reservation. On March 19, 1900, President William McKinley
William McKinley
extended the reservation to the west bank of the Tongue River, making a total of 444,157 acres (1,797 km2). Those who had homesteaded east of the Tongue River were relocated to the west of the river.[44] The Northern Cheyenne, who were sharing the Lakota land at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were finally allowed to return to the Tongue River on their own reservation. Along with the Lakota and Apache, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
were the last nations to be subdued and placed on reservations. (The Seminole
Seminole
tribe of Florida never made a treaty with the US government.) The Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
were given the right to remain in the north, near the Black Hills, land which they consider sacred. The Cheyenne also managed to retain their culture, religion and language. Today, the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Nation is one of the few American Indian nations to have control over the majority of its land base, currently 98%. Culture[edit]

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
courting scenes, by Big Back, before 1882

Over the past 400 years, the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
have changed their lifestyles. In the 16th century, they lived in the regions near the Great Lakes.[3] They farmed corn, squash, and beans, and harvested wild rice like other indigenous peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands. They migrated west in the 18th century and hunted bison on the Great Plains.[3] By the mid-19th century, the US forced them onto reservations.[3] The traditional Cheyenne
Cheyenne
government system is a politically unified system. The central traditional government system of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
is the Arrow Keeper, followed by the Council of Forty-Four. Early in Cheyenne
Cheyenne
history, three related tribes, known as the Heviqsnipahis, the Só'taeo'o and the Masikota, unified themselves to form the Tsé-tsêhéstâhese or the "Like Hearted People" who are known today as the "Cheyenne". The unified tribe then divided themselves into ten principal bands:

Heviksnipahis (Iviststsinihpah) Hévhaitanio (Heévâhetaneo'o) Masikota Omísis (Ôhmésêheseo'o, the Notameohmésêhese proper) Só'taeo'o (Suhtai or Sutaio, Northern and Southern) Wotápio Oivimána (Oévemana, Northern and Southern) Hisíometanio (Hesé'omeétaneo'o or Issiometaniu) Ohktounna (Oqtóguna) Hónowa (Háovôhnóva)

Each of the ten bands had four seated chief delegates; the remaining four chiefs were the principal advisers of the other delegates. Smaller bands or sub-bands had no right to send delegates to the council. This system also regulated the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
military societies that developed for planning warfare, enforcing rules, and conducting ceremonies. Anthropologists debate about Cheyenne
Cheyenne
society organization. On the plains, it appears that they had a bilateral band kinship system. However, some anthropologists reported that the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
had a matrilineal band system. Studies into whether, and if so, how much the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
developed a matrilineal clan system are continuing.

A Cheyenne
Cheyenne
sun dance gathering, c. 1909.

Traditional Cheyenne
Cheyenne
plains culture[edit] While they participated in nomadic Plains horse culture, men hunted and occasionally fought with and raided other tribes.[45] The women tanned and dressed hides for clothing, shelter, and other uses.[46] They also gathered roots, berries, and other useful plants.[47] From the products of hunting and gathering, the women also made lodges, clothing, and other equipment.[48] Their lives were active and physically demanding.[49] The range of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
was first the area in and near the Black Hills, but later all the Great Plains
Great Plains
from Dakota to the Arkansas River. Role models[edit] A Cheyenne
Cheyenne
woman has a higher status if she is part of an extended family with distinguished ancestors. Also, if she is friendly and compatible with her female relatives and does not have members in her extended family who are alcoholics or otherwise in disrepute. It is expected of all Cheyenne
Cheyenne
women to be hardworking, chaste, modest, skilled in traditional crafts, knowledgeable about Cheyenne
Cheyenne
culture and history and speak Cheyenne
Cheyenne
fluently. Tribal powwow princesses are expected to have these characteristics.[50] Ethnobotany[edit] An infusion of the pulverized leaves and blossoms of tansy is used for dizziness and weakness.[51] They give dried leaves of Sagittaria cuneata to horses for urinary troubles and for a sore mouth.[52] Notable Cheyenne[edit]

W. Richard West Jr., Founding Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Black Kettle
Black Kettle
(in Cheyenne: Moke-tav-a-to or Mo'ôhtavetoo'o, since 1854 member of the Council of Forty-four and chief of the Wotapio band of Southern Cheyenne, killed by George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer
at Battle of Washita River) Morning Star (in Cheyenne: Vóóhéhéve, better known as Dull Knife, a translation of his Lakota name Tamílapéšni,[53] Head chief of the Northern Cheyenne) Little Wolf
Little Wolf
(in Cheyenne: Ó'kôhómôxháahketa, more correctly translated Little Coyote, Northern Só'taeo'o chief and Sweet Medicine Chief, was one of the "Old Man" chiefs among the Council of Forty-four, belonged to the Elk Horn Scrapers (Hémo'eoxeso), one of the four original Cheyenne
Cheyenne
military societies) Owl Woman, daughter of White Thunder and wife of William Bent Roman Nose
Roman Nose
(in Cheyenne: Woo-ka-nay, Northern Cheyenne, legendary war hero and chief of the Elk Horn Scrapers (Hémo'eoxeso), one of the four original Cheyenne
Cheyenne
military societies) Tall Bull, chief of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Dog Soldiers, killed at Battle of Summit Springs Two Moons
Two Moons
(famous Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Chief, in Cheyenne: Éše'he Ȯhnéšesėstse, also known as Ónonevóo'xénéhe - ″Ree Roman Nose″ or Mȧsėhávoo'xénéhe - ″Crazy Roman Nose″) Wooden Leg, Northern Cheyenne, warrior fought at Little Bighorn Wolf Robe, chief, Southern Cheyenne, peacemaker George Bent, son of Owl Woman, interpreter and Cheyenne
Cheyenne
historian Jimmy Carl Black, drummer and vocalist for The Mothers of Invention Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne, former US Senator, State of Colorado, United States
United States
Congress Chris Eyre, Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
and Southern Arapaho, directed the films: Smoke Signals and Skins Joseph Fire Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Cheyenne
Cheyenne
flutist and recording artist, Grammy Nominee and Nammy winner Sr. Gordon Yellowman, Southern Cheyenne, Chief of the Southern Cheyenne. Suzan Shown Harjo, Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
and Muscogee (Creek), Founding Trustee, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; President, Morning Star Institute (a Native rights advocacy organization based in Washington DC). Eugene Little Coyote, Northern Cheyenne, former president of the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation St. David Pendleton Oakerhater, Okuhhatuh or "Making Medicine," Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
(1847–1931), veteran of the Red River War, Fort Marion prisoner of war, ledger artist, deacon of Whirlwind Mission, sun dancer, canonized saint in the Episcopal Church Harvey Pratt, Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
and Southern Arapaho, painter, sculptor and a leading forensic artist in the United States W. Richard West Jr., Southern Cheyenne, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian W. Richard West, Sr., "Dick West" or Wahpahnahyah, Southern Cheyenne painter, educator, and Director of Art at Bacone College

See also[edit]

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
and Arapaho
Arapaho
Tribes Native American tribes in Nebraska Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians: Their History and Lifeways

References[edit]

^ " Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Tribe website". Retrieved November 11, 2013.  ^ a b Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Indian Affairs. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Indian Nations Pocket Pictorial Directory. Archived 2009-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. 2008:7 ^ a b c d e f g h "Cheyenne, Southern." Oklahoma
Oklahoma
History Center's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
History and Culture. Retrieved 3 July 2013. ^ Walker, James R. & DeMallie, Raymond J. "Lakota Society" 1992. ^ Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Tribe website ^ a b Chief Dull Knife College
Chief Dull Knife College
" Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Dictionary" 2007-09-05. Retrieved June 10, 2013 ^ a b Grinnell, The Fighting Cheyenne, p. 2. ^ "What is the origin of the word "Cheyenne"?". Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Language Web Site. 2002-03-03. Archived from the original on 2009-08-07. Retrieved September 21, 2007.  ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Place Names of the United States. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Press, pg. 95 ^ Chief Dull Knife
Dull Knife
College, Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Dictionary "Tsé-tsėhéstȧhese" ^ Moore, John H. The Cheyenne. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Co., 1999, pp. 15-16 ^ Grinnell, The Fighting Cheyenne, p. 1–8. ^ Moore, John H. The Cheyenne. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Co., 1999, p. 18 ^ a b c Liberty, Dr. Margot. " Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Primacy: The Tribes' Perspective As Opposed To That Of The United States
United States
Army; A Possible Alternative To "The Great Sioux
Sioux
War Of 1876". Friends of the Little Bighorn. Retrieved 13 January 2008.  ^ Not to be confused with the Bear Butte, near Fort Meade, South Dakota, which was called Náhkȯhévose ("bear hill") ^ Hyde, George E.: Life of George Bent. Written From His Letters. Norman, 1987. Pp. 24 and 49. ^ Grinnell, George Bird: "The Great Mysteries of the Cheyenne." American Anthropologist. New Series, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec. 1910): 542-575, p. 556. ^ Reading Eagle November 26, 1997 ^ William Young Chalfant: Cheyennes at Dark Water Creek: The Last Fight of the Red River War, University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0806128757, page 7 ^ Berthrong, pp. 13–21 ^ Berthrong, pp. 24–26 ^ "Battle of Wolf Creek". Oklahoma
Oklahoma
History. Retrieved 2013-02-09.  ^ Greene 2004, p. 9. ^ Hyde 1968, p. 336. ^ Hyde, George E.: Life of George Bent. Written From His Letters. Norman, 1987. Pp. 25-26. ^ Dorsey, George A.: "How the Pawnee Captured the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Medicine Arrows." American Anthropologist, New Series. Vol. 5 (Oct. - Dec. 1903), No. 4, pp. 644-658. ^ "Red River War". Texas Beyond History. Retrieved 2013-06-10.  ^ "Arapaho, Southern". Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-06-24.  ^ Page 143, Francis Paul Prucha, American Indian treaties: the history of a political anomaly, University of California
California
Press (March 15, 1997), trade paperback, 562 pages ISBN 0-520-20895-1 ISBN 978-0-520-20895-7 ^ Berthrong, pp. 113–114 ^ Berthrong, pp. 106–123 ^ Berthrong, pp. 133–140 ^ a b c Grinnell, The Fighting Cheyenne, pp. 111–121 ^ a b Hyde, pp. 99–105 ^ a b Berthrong, pp. 133 to 140 ^ Page 97-98, David Fridtjof Halaas and Andrew E. Masich, Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story Of George Bent
George Bent
– Caught Between The Worlds Of The Indian And The White Man, Da Capo Press (March 15, 2005), hardcover, 458 pages, ISBN 0-306-81410-2 ISBN 978-0306814105 ^ Hyde, pp. 99 to 105 ^ a b Grinnell, The Fighting Cheyenne, pp. 124 to 158 ^ a b Hyde, pp. 168 to 195 ^ Grinnell, The Fighting Cheyenne, p. 188 ^ a b c d Brown, pp. 332–349 ^ a b Maddux Albert Glenn, In Dull Knife's Wake: The True Story of the Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Exodus of 1878, Horse Creek Publications (2003), ISBN 0-9722217-1-9 ISBN 978-0-9722217-1-9 ^ Grinnell, The Fighting Cheyenne, pp. 398–427 ^ a b "WE, THE NORTHERN CHEYENNE PEOPLE: Our Land, Our History, Our Culture", Chief Dull Knife
Dull Knife
College. Page 30. Accessed September 20, 2009 ^ Grinnell, The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians, Vol. 1, pp. 258–311 ^ Grinnell, The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians, Vol. 2, pp. 1–57 ^ Grinnell, The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians, Vol. 1, pp. 247–311 ^ Grinnell, The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians, Vol. 1, 209-246 ^ Grinnell, The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians, Vol. 1, pp. 63–71, 127-129, 247-311 ^ Moore, pp. 154–156 ^ Grinnell, George Bird 1972 The Cheyenne Indians
The Cheyenne Indians
- Their History and Ways of Life Vol.2. Lincoln. University of Nebraska
Nebraska
Press (p. 190) ^ Hart, Jeffrey A., 1981, The Ethnobotany of the Northern Cheyenne Indians of Montana, Journal of Ethnopharmacology 4:1-55, page 6 ^ recorded as Tah-me-la-pash-me; from ta (his) + míla (big knife) + péšni (dull)

Bibliography[edit]

Berthrong, Donald J. The Southern Cheyenne. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Press, 1963. Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. ISBN 0-8050-1730-5. Bourke, John G. Mackenzie's Last Fight with the Cheyenne. New York: Argonaut Press, 1966. Greene, Jerome A. (2004). Washita, The Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
and the U.S. Army. Campaigns and Commanders Series, vol. 3. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Press, P. 9 Grinnell, George Bird. The Fighting Cheyenne. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Press, 1956. (original copyright 1915, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons). ISBN 0-87928-075-1. Grinnell, George Bird. The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians: Their History and Ways of Life. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1923. 2 volumes; trade paperback, reprints: The Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Indians, Vol. 1: History and Society, Bison
Bison
Books, 1972. ISBN 978-0-8032-5771-9; The Cheyenne Indians, Vol. 2: War, Ceremonies, and Religion, Bison
Bison
Books, 1972. ISBN 978-0-8032-5772-6. Hyde, George E. Life of George Bent: Written From His Letters, ed. Savoie Lottinville, Norman: University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Press, 1968. Reprint, trade paperback, March 1983. ISBN 978-0-8061-1577-1 Moore, John H. (1996). The Cheyenne. The peoples of America. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55786-484-0. OCLC 34412067.  Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.

Further reading[edit]

Ambler, Marjane; Little Bear, Richard E; et al. (2008) We, The Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
People. Lame Deer, MT: Chief Dull Knife
Dull Knife
College Bringing the Story of the Cheyenne
Cheyenne
People to the Children of Today (PDF). Northern Cheyenne
Northern Cheyenne
Social Studies Units. Northern Cheyenne Curriculum Committee, Montana
Montana
Office of Public Instruction. 2006. Retrieved 2012-05-12.  John Stands In Timber and Margot Liberty (2013). A Cheyenne voice : the complete John Stands in Timber interviews. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Press. ISBN 9780806143798. Retrieved 2013-07-13.  Kroeber, A L (July–September 1900). " Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Tales". Journal of American Folklore. 13 (50): 161–190. JSTOR 533882. 

External links[edit]

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
edition of, the free encyclopedia

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cheyenne.

Wikisource
Wikisource
has the text of a 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article about Cheyenne.

Map of Lakota- Sioux
Sioux
and Cheyenne War
Cheyenne War
on Central Plains in 1866-1876 " Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Culture and History Links", Native Languages Montana
Montana
Office of Public Instruction. "Symbols of Our People". Retrieved 2012-05-12.  Jomay Steen, "Indian remains finally at rest", The Rapid City Journal, 31 March 2005 " Cheyenne
Cheyenne
perform Victory Dance to honor Marine tank driver", Turtle Track  "Cheyennes". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921.   "Cheyennes". The New Student's Reference Work. 1914.   "Cheyenne. A brave and warlike plains tribe of Algonquian stock". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.   "Cheyennes". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 

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Historic and present tribes

Arapaho Arikara Northern Cheyenne Comanche Fox Great Sioux
Sioux
Nation Iowa Tribe of Kansas
Kansas
and Nebraska Kiowa Missouria Omaha Otoe Pawnee Ponca
Ponca
Tribe of Nebraska Sac Ho-Chunk Sac and Fox Nation
Sac and Fox Nation
of Missouri in Kansas
Kansas
and Nebraska Skidi
Skidi
Pawnee

Present languages

Hocak Omaha- Ponca
Ponca
language Fox language Sioux
Sioux
language Sac language

Present reservations

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Present tribal colleges and universities

Little Priest Tribal College Nebraska
Nebraska
Indian Community College

Historic figures

Antonine Barada Big Elk Chief Blackbird Joba Chamberlain Larry EchoHawk Logan Fontenelle Francis La Flesche Joseph La Flesche Old Lady Grieves The Enemy Petalesharo Susan La Flesche Picotte Red Cloud Standing Bear Susette LaFlesche Tibbles Jim Thorpe James Young Deer Moses J. "Chief" Yellow Horse

Historic events

Battle of Ash Hollow Massacre Canyon Battle of Mud Springs Battle of Rush Creek Battle of Warbonnet Creek Grattan massacre Cheyenne
Cheyenne
War Indian Congress

Historic reservations

Nemaha Half-Breed Reservation Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Oto Pawnee Niobrara

Historic communities

Ton'wontongathon Pike-Pawnee Village Site Skidi
Skidi
Pawnee Village Horse Creek Pawnee Village Cottonwood Creek Schrader Archeological Site Fullerton Archeological Site Oto Indian Village Site Leshara Site McClean Site Woodcliff Site Theodore Davis Site Kelso Site Wright Site

Historic sacred places

Pahur Ahkawitakol Lalawakohtito Pahuk Cunningham Archeological Site

Other historic places

Blackbird Hill Genoa Indian Industrial School Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital Indian agencies Susan LaFlesche Picotte House Nanza Moses Merrill Mission Pawnee Mission and Burnt Village Archeological Site Carlisle Indian Industrial School Ionia Volcano

Prehistoric peoples

Central Plains Woodland Dismal River

Prehistoric communities

Leary Site Ash Hollow Coufal Schultz Site Signal Butte Site 25SM20 Champe-Fremont 1 Archeological Site Frank Parker Archeological Site Sweetwater Archeological Site Burkett Archeological Site Ashland Archeological Site Yutan Site Schrader Archeological Site Humphrey Archeological Site Table Rock Archeological Site

Other prehistoric places

Indian Cave Indian Hill Walker Gilmore Site Site JF00-072 Hudson-Meng Bison
Bison
Kill Woodcliff Burials Nehawka Flint Quarries Farwell Archeological District Blue Springs, aka Wonder Site Barneston Site Kurz Omaha Village Site Patterson Site Fontenelle Forest
Fontenelle Forest
Historic District Wolfe and Grey (Schuyler) Sites Schulte Archeological Site Wiseman Archeological Site Durflinger Site

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Federally recognized tribes

Absentee Shawnee Alabama-Quassarte Apache Caddo Cherokee Cheyenne
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Tribal languages (still spoken)

Alabama Arapaho Caddo Cayuga Cherokee Cheyenne Chickasaw Chiwere (Iowa and Otoe) Choctaw Comanche Delaware Koasati Hitchiti-Mikasuki Mescalero-Chiricahua Mesquakie (Fox, Kickapoo, and Sauk) Muscogee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Ponca Potawatomi Quapaw Seneca Shawnee Wichita Wyandot Yuchi

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South Dakota
and Wyoming

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Cheyenne Lakota Arapaho Arikara Crow Kiowa

Historic figures

Sitting Bull Crazy Horse Lone Horn Red Cloud Spotted Tail Black Elk

Historic native spiritual places

Inyan Kara Mountain Bear Butte

Traditional narratives

Devils Tower Great Race

Historic events

History of the Black Hills Treaty of Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
(1851) Treaty of Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
(1868) Black Hills
Black Hills
War (Great Sioux
Sioux
War of 1876)

Historic reservations

Great Sioux
Sioux
Reservation

Modern events and places

Black Hills
Black Hills
Land Claim The Journey Museum and Gardens United States
United States
v. Sioux
Sioux
Nation of Indians Lakota Nation Invitational

Modern people

JoAnn Tall Charmaine White Face

For more information, see History of Native Americans in the United States. Nearby modern reservations are Pine Ridge and Rosebud.

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Black Hills
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South Dakota
and Wyoming

Attractions

Bear Butte Black Elk
Black Elk
Wilderness Black Hills
Black Hills
Central Railroad Black Hills
Black Hills
National Forest Black Elk
Black Elk
Peak Black Hills
Black Hills
Playhouse Chapel in the Hills Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse
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Sitting Bull
Crystal Caverns Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sylvan Lake Terry Peak
Terry Peak
ski area Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park
with bison herd

Scenic routes

Roads

Norbeck Scenic Byway Iron Mountain Road Needles Highway Spearfish Canyon
Spearfish Canyon
Scenic Byway

Trails

Mickelson Centennial Trail

Populated places

Cities

Belle Fourche Central City Custer Deadwood Edgemont Hot Springs Hill City Lead Newcastle Rapid City Spearfish Sturgis Whitewood

Towns

Buffalo Gap Fairburn Hermosa Keystone Pringle Sundance

Unincorporated

Dewey Four Mile Galena Hanna Johnson Siding Nemo Rochford Rockerville Silver City Three Forks

History and people

Native American

Cheyenne
Cheyenne
people Lakota people Treaty of Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie
(1868) established the Great Sioux
Sioux
Reservation Black Hills
Black Hills
War, or Great Sioux
Sioux
War (1876) Black Elk Sitting Bull Crazy Horse Lone Horn Red Cloud Spotted Tail

Old West

Dakota Territory
Dakota Territory
(1861–1889) Black Hills
Black Hills
Expedition (1874) Black Hills
Black Hills
Gold Rush (1874) Newton–Jenney Party (1875) Cheyenne- Black Hills
Black Hills
Stage Route (1876-1887) Sidney- Black Hills
Black Hills
Stage Road (1876-1887) Rapid City, Black Hills
Black Hills
and Western Railroad (1893–1947) Seth Bullock
Seth Bullock
and Martha Bullock General George Armstrong Custer Dora DuFran Wild Bill Hickok Calamity Jane Historian Doane Robinson Sol Star Al Swearengen Charlie Utter

Ghost towns

Addie Camp Bismuth Blacktail Burdock Cambria Carbonate Etta Flatiron Greenwood Maitland Myers City Nahant Novak Pactola Sheridan Spokane Terraville Tigerville Tinton Trojan

Modern

Fossil Cycad National Monument
Fossil Cycad National Monument
(1922-1957) Stratobowl
Stratobowl
(1934-1959) Black Hills
Black Hills
flood (1972) Sculptors Gutzon Borglum
Gutzon Borglum
and Lincoln Borglum Author Joseph Bottum Politician Francis H. Case Poet Charles Badger Clark Historian Watson Parker

Road junctions

Carlile Junction Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Crossing Four Corners Four Mile Keystone Wye Maverick Junction Mule Creek Junction

Related

Mount Rushmore in pop

.