Red Legs or Hushasha was the principal
chief of the Wahpekute division of the Dakota from
ca. 1850 through the Minnesota War of 1862. The family tradition
is sound - he was the son of Tasagye (Cane, or
His Cane), the principal Wahpekute chief from 1822 until
1841. Cane and his head-soldier (akicita, or camp policeman)
were killed in an intratribal feud in 1841, as a result
of which Inkpaduta and his supporters were driven from the
camp. It's important to know that Inkpaduta was a kinsman
of Cane - Inkpaduta's father Black Eagle and Cane seem to
have been 'brothers' in the Dakota kinship scheme.
Cane's death his son War Eagle that May Be Seen assumed
the leadership of his tiyospaye of Wahpekute.
After War Eagle that May Be Seen was killed by Sauk and
Fox in July 1849, his brother Red Legs assumed leadership.
Red Legs signed the Treaty of Mendota in 1851, settling
below the Lower Sioux Agency on the new reservation. He
reluctantly participated in the Minnesota War of 1862. I
don't know about his post-war life. —
Red Legs family descendents are at Good Shepherd (near Little
Eagle, SD) on Standing Rock. They are originally descended
from those Dakota's who stayed with the Hunkpapa after the
1862 uprising. Most descendents are mostly Hunkpapa today.