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Chief William Spotted Tail and Wife

 Unprocessed — Box: 08535 C
Identifier: H2008-071

Content Description

The collection consists of one postcard with an image of Chief William Spotted Tail and his wife. The back of the postcard lists the following information on William Spotted Tail. “Chief William Spotted Tail, Brule Sioux Indian, born at Ft. Laramie, Wyoming, in 1857. As a youthful warrior he engaged in warfare against U. S. troops, but in the last Sioux outbreak, in South Dakota, in 1890-91, he served as a scout for the Government. As mediator between the Government and the Indians he induced a large part of the Brules to quit the “war path” and to return to their homes; in this capacity his greatness and fairness were recognized by both this own people and the U. S. Government – both recognizing him as Chief. As such he took an active part in the final settlement of the famous Black Hills claims, in which his people won, representing them as a delegate to Washington. He died February 14, 1931, following a speech in which he admonished his people to follow peaceful pursuits as a means to their progress. This son, Stephen Spotted Tail, an ex-service man, seems inclined to follow the example of his father and is a high type of young Indian manhood. His home is near Rosebud, S. Dak.” The postcard was copyrighted by the Minnehaha County Historical Society in 1931.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1931



0.1 Cubic Feet