Nebraska Hall of Fame: Red Cloud

War Leader & Statesman of the Oglala Sioux 

Red Cloud (1822 - 1909) was born in what became Garden County and rose to leadership in the early 1860s. 

He opposed westward expansion and forced the U.S. government to abandon the Bozeman Trail in Wyoming in 1868. He sought to ease his peoples' painful transition to reservation life. 

From 1873-77, the Red Cloud Agency was located on the White River in northwest Nebraska. 

Red Cloud was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000-01. 

 

Other Resources:

The 'Flagpole Affair' at Red Cloud Agency, 1874

"The Greatest Gathering of Indians Ever Assembled" 

     (A blog post about the 'flagpole affair.')

The Cheyenne Outbreak 

     (A blog post discussing an interaction between the Cheyenne people and Red Cloud.)

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