Little Big Man
|Little Big Man|
Little Big Man (bottom row, 2nd from left) with Sioux Delegation (standing: Joe Merrivale; Young Spotted Tail; Antoine Janis; seated: Touch-the-Clouds; Little Big Man; Black Cool; last two are rapoves[?] identified by George E. Hyde 4229 Dangler[?] St. Omaha, Neb.). Date between 1865 and 1880.
|Native name||Charging Bear|
|Known for||Battle of Little Bighorn, rival of Crazy Horse|
|Parents||Yellow Thunder, Her Holy Breath|
|Relatives||Daughter, Hannah Mule Tocha Cesli, b. 1840|
Little Big Man or Charging Bear was an Oglala Lakota, a fearless and respected warrior who fought under, and was rivals with, Crazy Horse ("His-Horse-Is-Spirited"). He opposed the treaty and the commission that wanted to take the Black Hills from the Sioux. He fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn. He is suspected of involvement in Crazy Horse's murder at Fort Robinson in Nebraska. Later he cooperated with the white man.
Little Big Man was Crazy Horse's lieutenant and threatened to kill the Black Hills Commissioners. However, after surrendering along with Crazy Horse, he switched allegiance and was directly involved with Crazy Horse's death by assisting in pinning his arms. It was said the Little Big Man was crafty, but with considerable ability and presence, while being a recognized trouble maker. Crazy Horse's last words, uttered to Little Big Man and others after he was bayoneted by a soldier, were "Let me go, my friends. You have got me hurt enough."