Indians are many peoples of diverse cultures and traditions.
This website seeks to record some of the scattered data of their
rich history. Records exist in various forms such as photographs,
tribal records, winter counts, and oral histories. A group of
people interested in the Northern Plains Indians began compiling
this type of record at the Message Boards of www.littlebighorn.info.
As their online friendship grew so did their contributions of
primary source material and photographs. Dietmar Schulte-Möhring
and Diane Merkel decided to collaborate on this new website
dedicated to that concept, with suggestions and guidance from
a select few. The records here begin with a compilation of biographical
and photographic images of Teton Sioux tribal members, principally
during the Indian Wars period, 1866-1890. In the months to come,
we hope to develop the site to include records from many more
and contributors include:
is a contributor from Hungary.
lives in Anchorage, Alaska, but has family ties to the Standing
Rock Reservation in North Dakota.
Brave Bull Allard is the Standing
Rock Tourism Coordinator for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
and Marketing Manager for the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates.
She is from the Cannon Ball District of Standing Rock and was
raised in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Her father was Frank Brave
Bull who was descended from Tatanka Ohitika, a medicine
man. LaDonna graduated from the University of North Dakota with
a History degree. She has been researching winter counts and
historical documents to compile her tribe's history. She
is a national certified interpretive guide, has her own guide
company, has trained in historical preservation, and has compiled
all historical information for the Standing Rock Scenic Byway.
is a contributor from England.
is from Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota.
was the nom de plume for Gordon Harper, one of our contributors
from Canada. His book was published posthumously in 2014: Fights on the Little Horn: Unveiling the Mysteries of Custer's Last Stand.
Brewer often uses the nom de plume buffaloman.
of southeast Minnesota is a reporter and photographer who enjoys
NDN culture, especially in South Dakota and also her home area.
She also enjoys rock art.
Bray has spent more than twenty years researching the
Plains Indians, especially Lakota history and ethnology. He
is the author of Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life (University
of Oklahoma Press, 2006).
is a documentary film maker who records Native oral history,
predominantly Lakota, and has recorded around 100 hours of it
so far. . .about 35 of those being in personal interviews with
Lakota family members.
lives in Italy.
is a contributor from Florida who wishes she could spend more
time in South Dakota with her NDN 'family'. She's seen here
on the right with a friend on the old cavalry training field
at Ft. Meade.
Cordry (dcordry) is an historian of
Oklahoma and an author of several books on Western History.
lives in New England.
Tom F. Cunningham runs the Scottish National Buffalo Bill Archive
(www.snbba.co.uk), dedicated to preserving as much of the record as
possible of Buffalo Bill's two visits to Scotland in 1891-92 and 1904.
The site is currently expanding to include a lot of information about
England and Wales; it will probably become the British National Buffalo
Bill Archive within the next few months. The emphasis, as ever, falls squarely upon the Lakota performers in the show.
is from Helsinki, Finland, and has a great website
(in English) called Frank's
Armstrong Custer is the nom de plume for a
gentleman from the United Kingdom.
D. Dickson III is the Acting Chief, Field Museums Division for the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He has authored numerous articles
about the Plains Indians that have been published in many periodicals.
C. Dupree lives in Pierre, South Dakota.
Eiken, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux
Tribe, connects with her past using traditional Sioux history,
Lakota culture, and Native American spirituality. Her great,
great grandmother, Yellow Eyes, was with Sitting Bull at the
Battle of Little Bighorn, fled with him to Canada in 1877, and
accompanied him on his return to this country and subsequent
surrender in 1881. Presentation: "In
the Spirit of Yellow Eyes: A Cultural Legacy"
Garcia is a tribal historian of the Spirit Lake Reservation
in North Dakota. He works for the Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop)
Community College at Fort Totten, North Dakota.
is a contributor from Canada.
Gould (pawneemuseum) is administrator
of the Pawnee Indian Museum State Historical Site located near
is a descendant of Yellow Eyes.
is a member from Russia.
Karkheck lives in Germany.
Haynes has roots with the Brule Lakota and resides
in New York City.
known as Apsalooka, resides in the Netherlands.
has family ties to Pine Ridge and Rosebud, South Dakota. He
is a traditional powwow dancer and earned a B.A. degree in Cultural
an Indian Wars period author who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
lives on the Jersey Channel Islands.
lives in Italy. She is a sinologist who teaches and translates
Chinese as well as English. Native American history and culture,
especially of the Apsalooka, is another of her passions.
is from Germany.
Leonard lives in the UK and is a member of the English
Westerners Society and the Custer Association of Great Britain.
He is seen here at the Washita River.
Levine is a horticulturist and historian from Nebraska.
She edited the book With My Own Eyes: A Lakota Woman Tells
Her People's History for the University of Nebraska Press.
was originally from England but now resides in Colorado.
resides in Texas.
Markland is an Indian Wars researcher who lives in
Merkel is a former editor of the Little Big Horn
Associates Newsletter and is currently the webmaster for
and other history-related websites. She and her husband Chuck
reside in Choctaw Beach, Florida.
C. Miller (dickmill) is originally
from Rochester, New York.. His ancestor was L. F. Spencer, Indian
agent at Rosebud Reservation from 1886 to 1890, who was from
Spencerport, New York, near Rochester. You are invited to visit
Dick's Facebook page, Searching for Agent Spencer.
is of Irish/Chippewa descent from Northern Michigan. He lives
now on Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and is considered
a Lakota. He produced a DVD written by his grandfather Eli Tail
Sr. called ?Through Lakota Eyes.?
aux vaches lives in Norway.
was born in Perm (City in the Ural Mountains Region) in 1970
and graduated from the Perm University in 1995 (Russian philology).
He now works for a Russian TV-Channel and lives in Moscow. He
is especially interested in Apache history.
Nunnally's artwork has appeared on the covers of numerous
Little Bighorn-related publications, and he authored articles
and books about "sole survivor" stories of that battle.
His most recent book was American Indian Wars: A Chronology
of Confrontations Between Native Peoples and Settlers and the
United States Military, 1500s-1901 (2007, McFarland &
Co.). Mike's nom de plume was Scout. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2010.
is a Hunkpapa/Miniconjou and a descendant from Chiefs White
Swan, High Bear, and Horse with the Horn.
Powers was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National
Reporting in 1971 for his articles on Weatherman member Diana
Oughton. His books include The Man Who Kept the Secrets:
Richard Helms and the CIA (1979), Heisenberg's War:
The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993), and Intelligence
Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda (2002).
Redwater is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock
Sioux Tribe and is nationally known as the "Reservation
Sensation" for his stand-up comedy in which he spins the
bitter hardships of reservation life into huge laughs. You can
see a video of his work on his website.
is a member of the Lakota.
Schulte-Möhring has studied American Indians for
many years and has an extensive collection of photographs. He
studied Geography at the University in Münster, Germany,
and he has co-written several history schoolbooks in German.
Dietmar and his family live in Greven, Germany, where he and
his son Janis occasionally camp out in a tent in their garden.
Shanahan is an acclaimed artist who resides in England.
His work is in private collections throughout the world, and
his diverse subjects include American Indians and the Battle
of the Little Bighorn. Some of his acclaimed work can be enjoyed
on his website.
is the nom de plume for a contributor from Italy.
Sheldon (fillupe) is the grand grandson
of George C. Crager, a Lakota interpreter with Buffalo Bill's
Wild West Show.
Smoke is a direct descendant from the Smoke Family
of the Oglala Lakota.
Stevens (brentnvicki) is from Michigan.
He specializes his research on the artist David Humphrey Miller
and his interviews of Little Bighorn participants.
Sweet is Sicangu Lakota, Yankton, and Mdewakanton Dakota.
He studies American Indian History at Montana State University.
Teilas is a history author from Finland, who has recently
published a book about the Little Bighorn battle.
Thomas, a retired US Army officer, is an author, editor,
and speaker in Washington State and holds an MA in Strategy
and an MS in Management. His works on Western US history and
art history have been published in several publications. His
book, Rubbing Out Long Hair (Pehin Hanska Kasota): The American Indian Story of the Little Big Horn in Art, presents Indian art of the battle of the Little Bighorn.
Future projects include a biography of the Crow
warrior White Swan and
The Picture is The Rope, surveying Indian battle art
from before the US Civil War through the massacre at Wounded
Vogtschmidt is a Western artist from the Netherlands.
His paintings can be found at his own website: www.oldwestartist.com.
is a Hunkpapa/Oglala Lakota from North Dakota, who lives now
in the Pacific Northwest.
Wilk lives in Utah and volunteers a lot of his time
to archaeological and historical projects in the West.
Wood resides in England.
are invited to send us more information and a photograph.