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Kills a Hundred




The Kills a Hundred family were prominent on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the early twentieth century. The original Kills a Hundred (Okawinge kte) was born about 1853 and died in 1929. He was the son of the prominent Oglala headman Red Dog.

Red Dog, as you may already know, was originally a Hunkpapa. He married a Oglala woman, within the Oyuhpe tiyospaye (The Oglala during the mid to late nineteenth century, pre-reservation, were divided into three large tiyospaye or bands; these bands were then made up of many smaller continuously changing camps or wicotipi). By the early 1870's, the Oyuhpe had split. The more traditionalist members remained in the north and formed the core of the hostile resistance during the Sioux War of 1876 under Big Road; a smaller portion of the Oyuhpe came in to the Red Cloud Agency to live. Red Dog was one of the main leaders of that portion of the Oyuhpe that came in to Red Cloud. He went to Washington D.C. to meet the president several times and made at least one, possibly several, trips north to the "hostile" bands prior to the Sioux War of 1876 in an effort to encourage them to come in.

Red Dog had two sons who grew to have influence among the Oglala, following in their father's footsteps: Kills a Hundred and Fills the Pipe. Kills a Hundred served as a scout with General Crook in 1876-77. In the spring of 1877, when Red Cloud was sent north to meet Crazy Horse coming in to surrender, Kills a Hundred was part of that peace delegation.

By 1890, Kills a Hundred was one of the leading men in a small band called the Makaicu who lived in the Wounded Knee District on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Ephriam Dickson

The following publication contains information about Kills-a-Hundred:

Article: "Kills-a-Hundred" • Faces of Little Bighorn: The David Huphreys Miller Collection • Accessed June 29, 2020.


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