One Bull, Kills Pretty Enemy & White Bull, at Little Eagle, SD, July 28, 1934. One Bull tells His History to Col. A. B. Welch

 

Drove down to address a council of Indians at Little Eagle, S.D., on the monument matter they have proposed.  Left at 8:30 am, arrived there at 11 o’clock and began to take a lot of photos of old people.  Among them were One Bull, Good Dog, Kills Pretty Enemy, widow of Circling Hawk.  They had my party eat at the Bullis house.  They are Government teachers.  In evening we sat at a table in the dance hall and ate, while the committee served the other dancers and people with soup and bread where they sat.  Then came dance.  They sung my own song and I danced alone, and also danced the Grass Dance with a great crowd which made up three circles.  One of the dance songs created some interest in that the words were “I love you. May I take you home tonight?”  Speeches, etc., by myself, Red Tomahawk, Judge of Indian Offenses, High Eagle and Agent Warrior. I selected the site for the monument  – on a rounded hill northwest of the Agency buildings, and presented dimensions of the monument, which be 16 feet high, cement with bronze plates, commemorating their old Chiefs and the World War veterans killed in action from that District of the Standing Rock Reservation.  About 300 people.  Leo Harris of Killdeer, and his mother, went with me and he took more group photos in the hall.  Arrived at Mandan at 2:oo am, the 14th.

One Bull told me his short history:

I am 82 winters. My father’s name was Makes Room for Him.  My father was Minniconjou.  My mother was Hunkpapa.  Her name was Lady Good Plume.

Sitting Bull’s mother’s name was Her Secret Door Woman.  She is buried on the edge of a round mound-like hill, a short distance southwest of the old ‘issue corral,’ which is about two miles southwest of the present Fort Yates.

His daughter, Lady Many Horses, is also buried there.  Also his sister, Pearl Woman, is buried there.

Four Horns was the name of Sitting Bull’s father’s full blood brother  – in other words, Four Horns and Makes Room for Him were brothers.  Four Horns was shot in the Killdeer Battle between Sioux and General Sully’s troops.  Some time after the fight, his daughter cut out the lead bullet, and One Bull unwrapped it from a buckskin bag and showed it to me.  One Bull said that one man was never found after that fight  – perhaps the skull and bones recently found in the mountain gulch was his.  The report the the soldiers killed hundred of Indian dogs is also untrue, he says.  Seem probable, too, because Indian dogs, half wild creatures, would follow the Indians or run away long before soldiers would come up within range.  Just one of ‘those stories.’

 

Little Eagle Dedication Program, July 28, 1934

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One Bull, Welch, White Bull

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Kills Pretty Enemy and Welch

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