No Neck (Tahu Wanica) was
among the last to come in, living in Canada until 1884.
He surrendered at Standing Rock some time between April
and September 1884. In the Standing Rock Agency records,
he is generally listed with 15 or 16 lodges in his band;
one time with as many as 21 families. Still looking at
these families, but looks like they include both Hunkpapa
Neck appears to have died during early to mid 1885 (his
wife is listed as a widow in the 1885 census). A relative,
Iron Star, is listed in the band up to 1885; then he is
shown as the headman of Black Moon's old band. Several
of the families in No Neck's band scatter to other Hunkpapa
bands, but nearly half of them just disappear from the
Standing Rock Agency records all together (moved to Cheyenne
Cranbrook Wintercount notes that No Neck died in 1886
(census records show 1885).
Neck's band is listed in the 1885 census with 16 families.
Following the death of No Neck, the band split in two
parts. Eight of the families remained together under the
leadership of Shot to Pieces. They are shown together
in the December 1885 annuity list but all disappear by
the time of the 1886 census that summer. Did they go to
Cheyenne River Agency or elsewhere?
other half of No Neck's band moved with Iron Star to Black
Moon's band. The younger Black Moon, leader of the band
in 1885, disappears by the time of the 1886 census (died?;
moved to another agency?). Iron Star became headman of
that band, with the addition of seven families from No
Neck's old band. — Ephriam