Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. Due to his
understanding of the tragic history of his People . . . . .
Arvol has committed his life to working for freedom, peace, the cultural revival and healing of his people, and the healing of Mother Earth and all her peoples. See also The Work and Words of Chief Arvol Looking Horse (S'unkawakan Wicas'a) Website by Stephanie M. Schwartz.
Ben Nighthorse Campbell, U.S. Senator
Colorado's U.S. Senator is the only American Indian presently serving in
either the House of Representatives or the United States Senate.
Big Foot haunts history. He was the leader of the Miniconjou band massacred
at Wounded Knee Creek on December 29, 1890.
One of the Greatest Spiritual Leaders of the 20th century. Black Elk Speaks and When the Tree Flowered,
and The Sacred Pipe by Joseph Epes Brown, the basic works of the Black
Elk theological tradition, now bid fair to become the central core of a North American
Indian spiritual teaching which will someday challenge the Eastern and Western
traditions as a way of looking at the world.
Chief Dan George
Chief Dan George was chief of the Salish Band in Burrard Inlet, British Columbia, but he was also an actor. Biography in Life & Times, Canada's Biography Series, 1998.
Chief Dull Knife
Also named WOHEHIV - 'Morning Star'. The Northern Cheyenne tell the story of Chief Dull Knife through their performing troupe Native Reign. See Also Dull Knife as Remembered by Ohiyesa (Charles A. Eastman)
Chief Earl Old Person
The current Chief of the Blackfeet Nation was honored by the
ACLU of Montana with its most prestigious award. See also Special Songs,
Blackfoot Confederacy, and Blackfeet Land Trust.
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, who tried to take his people to Canada,
spoke the famous words, "I have fought; but from where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever." 1832 - 1904. See also Glen Welker's page on Chief Joseph
Chief Seattle's Speech
A copy of the first printing of Chief Seattle's famous speech. Posted by
the Arbor Heights Elementary School in Seattle, WA.
Chief Joseph Tonasket 1822-1891, "He proved himself a strong and able leader, and although his was not an inherited Chieftain-Chief, he was officially recognized as Chief of the Okanogan Indians in about the year 1858. His whole life was a series of accomplishments for his people."
"All we wanted was peace and to be left alone." See also Crazy Horse/Tashunkewitko (on Glenn Welker's site).
De-Ka-Nah-Wi-Da and Hiawatha
"The Great Peacemaker" and Hiawatha created the
Confederacy known as the Haudenosaunee, which means
"People of the Long House." This Iroquois Confederation
is now more than 500 years old.
Dennis J Banks
This leader, teacher, lecturer, activist and author is the co-founder of AIM
and the Director of the Sacred Run Foundation. A Message from
A member of the Blackfeet, the lead plaintiff and prime mover
of Cobell v. Norton (prev. Babbitt), the Indian Trust suit to hold the government
accountable for Individual Indian Monies (IIM) trust accounts (Cobell is winning).
She has been written about by the Wall Street Journal, and recognized by the
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
This page tells the story of how "that beautiful Tlingit woman" became the main reason that the
anti-discrimination bill was passed. Quote from a statement by Alaska Governor
Gall was Sitting Bull's strategist. These two and Crazy Horse were the three main
Native American leaders at the Battle Of The Little Big Horn.
In 1799, Handsome Lake had the first in a series of visions while lying in his bed deathly ill. A messenger from the Creator appeared to him, giving him instructions for the Iroquois. Handsome Lake recovered and preached these messages to the Seneca which became known as the Code of Handsome Lake.
A well written short biography of the famous Pima Nation member who
helped raise the Flag on Iwo Jima. This bio is by the famous Pima artist Urshel Taylor, and features his painting "The Real Ira Hayes."
Leonard Peltier: man, soldier and symbol
Editorial in Indian Country Today, the nation's leading Native American Indian news source
LPDC - International Office
See Leonard Peltier Defense Committe for important information.
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Luther Standing Bear
Chief of the Oglala, Lakota (1905-1939): "From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things -- the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals -- and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery."
He was a great Blackfeet leader of the late 1800s.
Some made their way into history by co-operation with the U.S. Government.
Mountain Chief did not compromise.
Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman)
Ohiyesa was a Santee Sioux raised in the traditional ways who became
an educated and famous author; 1858-1939.
This great leader of the Oneida Nation who was a hero of the
Revolutionary War was born in 1710 and lived for 106 years.
N. Scott Momaday
N. Scott Momaday is a poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, artist, and a professor of English and American literature. He is a Kiowa and a member of the renowned Kiowa Gourd Dance Society. . . . he holds an earned Ph.D. and has received the Pulitzer Prize (for House Made of Dawn).
A warrior and a statesman, Red Cloud was one of the most important Lakota leaders of the 19th century. 1872 Photo.
This Navajo "Fighting Grandmother" fought for two decades to remain on her beloved land on sacred Big Mountain. "A great spirit has passed among us and now passes from our midst".
Described by L.A. Times as the most famous American Indian since
Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, Russell Means was the Libertarian Party
Presidential candidate in 1988.
Satanta (Set'tainte,White Bear)
Kiowa chief, who attempted to prevent the demise of Kiowa sovereignty and proved willing to use both diplomacy and warfare as means to secure his ends. Satanta and Ado-eete stood trial in Jacksboro, Texas for the Salt Creek Massacre. This was a celebrated event, primarily because it marked the first time Indian chiefs were forced to stand trial in a civil court.
Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake)
This Lakota Medicine Man and Chief was considered the last Sioux to surrender
to the U.S. Government.
This actor is from the Blackfeet reservation near Browning, MT. He
goes "home for enlightenment. I sweat and take part in ceremonies. It really helps me to balance my life. I canít find that spiritual balance in California. I know my true foundation is my own Blackfeet people, my relatives and friends. . . . Itís a good feeling to feel the strength in prayer." . . .
Almost everyone knows of Tecumseh, the Warrior-Statesman and Prophet
of the Shawenese (Shawnee).
Tichkematse (Squint Eyes)
A fascinating early employee of the Smithsonian Institution was Tichkematse,
a Cheyenne Indian who worked for the institution in a variety of capacities between
1879 and 1881.
The Tooth Shaman
Short Bio of Dr. Fredenberg's life; 2nd Indian in US to become Dentist. Crossed over March 2002.
She is the first woman to be elected Chief of the Cherokee Nation,
Tahlequah, Oklahoma - 1985 to 1995.
In 2000 she was candidate for Vice President of the US, (with Ralph Nader for President) she also ran for VP in 1996, was the recipient of the 1989 International Reebok Human Rights Award and in 1995 was named as one of "50 leaders" for the future by Time Magazine. This article is on Voices From the Gap web site. See also Learning from Native Peoples, from an edited version of Winona LaDuke's talk at Yale.
Dr. John Woodenlegs, Sr.
John Woodenlegs, Sr. touched many peopleís lives in his long and productive life. For many years he lectured nationwide on Northern Cheyenne History and Culture and at the time of his death was teaching classes at Chief Dull Knife College.