Lame Deer

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Lame Deer
Miniconjou Lakota leader
Personal details
DiedMay 7, 1877
Montana Territory
Resting placeLame Deer, Montana
Known forParticipation in the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Battle of Little Muddy Creek

Lame Deer (died 1877) (Miniconjou Lakota) was a Wakpokinyan band leader (vice chief). 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 killed on May 7, 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.

Further reading[edit]

  • Barbara Fifer, Montana Battlefields 1806-1877: Native Americans And the U.S. Army at War, Farcountry Press, 2005 ISBN 1560373091.
  • Jerome A. Greene, Lakota and Cheyenne: Indian Views of the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877, University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 ISBN 0806132450.
  • Kingsley M. Bray, Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life, University of Oklahoma Press, 2008 ISBN 0806139862.
  • John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes, Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions, Washington Square Press, 1972.