By Carole A. Barrett, Harvey Markowitz, R. Kent Rasmussen
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One thing is certain: In the confusion of the military chain guard that surrounded the Sioux council that day, Big Foot. (Library of Congress) military gunfire took the lives Big Tree / 41 American Indian Biographies of nearly two hundred Sioux men, women, and children. Twenty-five soldiers died as well—many of whom fell in the crossfire, killed by comrades. The inscribed monument erected at Wounded Knee Cemetery by survivor Joseph Horn Cloud bears the names of 185 Indian people killed that day.
Apes, William Born: January 31, 1798; Colrain, Massachusetts Died: April, 1839; New York, New York Also known as: William Apess Tribal affiliation: Pequot Significance: William Apes, a nineteenth century political protest writer, produced the first published autobiography by an American Indian. Little is known of William Apes outside his own account in his autobiography, A Son of the Forest (1829), which recounts his youth and early adulthood. He spent his first four years with intemperate grandparents, who reportedly often beat him and his siblings.
1900; place unknown Also known as: Zipkoheta Tribal affiliation: Kiowa Significance: During the Central Plains Indian wars, Big Bow was the most militant Kiowa chief and the last to surrender to reservation settlement. Big Bow’s parentage and heritage are unknown. He gained an early reputation as one of the most hostile and violent Indian war chiefs after killing and scalping countless whites. With Big Tree, Satanta, Satank, and Lone Wolf, he fought settlers in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Big Bow refused to honor the Medicine Lodge Treaty (1867), which assigned Indians to two reservations in southern Kansas and which was endorsed by leaders of the Arapaho, Kiowa, Comanche, and KiowaApache (Apache of Oklahoma).
American Indian Biographies (Magill's Choice) by Carole A. Barrett, Harvey Markowitz, R. Kent Rasmussen