Eyes was an informant for Sitting Bull. She joined Sitting
Bull at the Battle of Little Bighorn, escaped with him
to Canada in 1877 and later returned and surrendered with
him in 1881.
by Frank Fiske 1906
regard to my great-great-grandmother, Yellow Eyes, a Hunkpapa
Lakota Sioux with Sitting Bull's band. That I have evidence
that she and her husband and children were at the Battle
of the Little Big Horn and stayed with him into exile
in Canada is true. I have Frank Bennett Fiske photos of
her in 1903 at Fort Yates and lots of oral history from
my grandfather and his siblings.
She is on the twelth census of the United States in 1900
and states she was approx. 72.
She was living on the Standing Rock Sioux Resevation from
1886 until her death in 1905 or 1906. She left Canada
when Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881 but went to Fort
Peck with some of the warriors, possibly her sons and
2 husbands I have researched of Yellow Eyes were Ihanyake
and Holy Bear. I have three different spellings of Yellow
Eyes. The one on the 1900 census is very difficult to
make out. Our family has know her as Ishtazi
or Istha Zha Zha in Lakota. —
was trying to find Yellow Eyes in the Sitting Bull Surrender
Census, taken at Standing Rock in Aug.-Sept. 1881. There
are several women named Yellow Eyes:
age 30. Wife of Fine Voice Eagle, Crow King's band, Hunkpapa.
age 70. Grandmother of High Hill and Brings Plenty. Circle
Bear's Band, Sans Arc.
age 25. Wife of Afraid of Enemy. Circle Bear's band, Sans
age 21. sister-in-law of Mato Yahapi. Hump's band, Minnecoujou.
age 10. daugher of Boy Horse, Grass' band, Blackfeet Lakota.
Brown Eyes, age 40, wife of Good Thunder. Big Road's band,
Oglala. — Ephriam Dickson
Eyes would not be on the surrender census at Standing
Rock in Sept. of 1881. She did not accompany Sitting Bull
and his people to Fort Buford or Standing Rock, or Fort
Robinson in 1881. She went with the warriors who were
afraid to surrender to Fort Peck in Montana Territory.
She didn't get to Standing Rock until
1886. So none of the people on the list would be her.
In 1881 she would be approx. 53 years old. —
Wizi (Yellow Eyes) is the daughter of Walks Among
the Pines and Wizi. She is the granddaughter
of Rebecca Red Woman and Brown Cloud. She also attended
the Hampton Institute April 1884-1885. —
haven't been able to trace Yellow Eyes mother or father.
She stated her birthday as May, 1828 on the 1900 census.
She would have been about 72 then. I believe that may
have been a guess. My grandfather had to go to the elders
to try and find his birthday. His mother, Obosawin (daughter
of Yellow Eyes) died November 1895 at Fort Yates when
he was about 9. Obosawin was 38 when she died and had
9 or 10 children.
know the Yellow Eyes I'm related to didn't attend Hampton
Institute. She never lived in anything other than a tipi.
There is no record of her being educated nor is there
record of Obosawi being educated though she may
have spoken some English. My grandfather, Yellow Eyes'
grandson attended Hampton from 1900 to 1907. He spoke
Lakota as well as English and did some translating at
Fort Yates. My older sister remembers going along when
he was translating from English to Sioux. —