Lame Deer

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Lame Deer
Miniconjou Lakota leader
Personal details
DiedMay 10, 1877(1877-05-10) (aged 55–56)
Montana Territory
Resting placeLame Deer, Montana
Known forParticipation in the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Battle of Little Muddy Creek

Lame Deer (1821-1877) was Miniconjou Lakota (trans. "The most warlike of all the Sioux"[1]) and vice chief of the Wakpokinyan (trans. "To Fly along the river") band.


Lame Deer was the second signatory of the 1865 Treaty with the Minneconjon Indians at Fort Sully, Dakota Territory (now just southeast of Pierre, South Dakota): "Tah-ke-chah-hoosh-tay, The Lame Deer, 1st chief of the Minneconjon band of Dakota or Sioux Indians". This group of Lakota were opposed to the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, which required the Lakota to cede much of their territory to the United States. Lame Deer was present at the 1876 Battle of the Greasy Grass, also known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where the combined Lakota and allied forces dealt an overwhelming defeat to United States forces.

Lame Deer was the grandfather of John Fire Lame Deer who was born in the twentieth century. Lame Deer was shot on 7 May 1877, when his village was attacked by soldiers under the command of Colonel Nelson A. Miles, about 1 mile southwest of the present-day town of Lame Deer, Montana. This town was named after him. He died 3 days later.


  1. ^ Waggoner, Josephine (2014). Witness: a Hunkpapha historian's Strong-Heart song of the Lakotas. University of Nebraska Press. p. 51.

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