Post by dancingtree on Oct 20, 2011 1:47:43 GMT -5
currently I am looking for all information I can find about "Swift Bear".
Till now I found a lot stuff about his life, but I can't find any detailed information about his relations/family. I know about his parents, brothers and sisters. What I am looking for is about his wife(s) and children.
I know about his daughter Maude Swift Bear and I have found some hints about two sons named Red Fish.
I would be very happy if you can share some informations, URLs, e.g.
Post by cherokee10283 on Oct 28, 2011 17:24:26 GMT -5
I was just at the grave site where the children who attended the Carlisle, Pa. boarding schools and saw your post. I believe this is his daughter. I don't know if it helps, but I thought I would send this to you. It wont let me upload the photo on here, do you have an email I can send it to you?
Brothers: Iron Fire, Little Bear, Goose (died early) sister: Marie aka Red Cormorant Woman, married James Bordeaux
About Swift Bear´s children, I have found information on only two:
Daughter: Maud Swift Bear aka Little Girl, died 1880 at Carlisle, Dec. 13, 1880
MAUD, (Little Girl) the daughter of Chief Swift Bear, was a bright, impulsive, warm-hearted girl, much loved by her school mates. She came to the Training School suffering from diseased lungs, and so had not strength to resist pneumonia which seized her. She was the first girl to die here, and the first Sioux out of more than ninety connected with the school. Funeral services were conducted by Professor Lippincott, and the double burial is one which will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it. EADLE KEATAH TOH., Vol. 1 No. 3, p. 3. December 1880 home.epix.net/~landis/histry.html
Son: Yellow Horse see: “August Valentine Kautz, USA: biography of a Civil War general” by Lawrence G. Kautz (page 243)
Kautz was occasionally annoyed by the appearance at the post of minor Sioux chiefs asking him to interfere in affairs on the Rosebud reservation. In the bitter cold of New Year´s Day, 1887, a Brule chief named Two Strike had brought a contingent of Indians to the post to perform the well-known Omaha Dance. The following day, Chiefs Two Strike, Little Eagle, Living Bear and Yellow Horse (the son of principal chief Swift Bear) spent the entire morning relating the grievances, including encroachment of whites on their lands and a shortage of money and of food. Kautz´ reply was that the army had no surplus rations or funds to offer and referred them back to the Rosebud agent, L.B. Spencer, with letters explaining their grievances. Other similar visits followed. In the autumn of 1888, a delegation of Indians, including Two Strike and Swift Bear, were called to Washington to negotiate the cession od some lands to white settlement. Yellow Horse came to the post to ask Kautz if he knew when his father might return. Of course, Kautz had no information to offer. Yellow Horse was adamant in claiming to Kautz that the Brule would give up no more land.
There are plenty of photographs of Swift Bear I try to post later on...
Post by writespretty on Apr 17, 2012 11:18:59 GMT -5
From: The Saga of Ponca Land by Adeline S. Gnirk Published in 1979 by Gregory Times-Advocate
I borrowed this book from the South Dakota State University library through our interlibrary loan program.
"January 22, 1909 Chief John Swift Bear died. He is interred in the Catholic cemetery on Squaw Creek in the Milk Camp area. John Swift Bear a Brule Sioux was born in 1827 on the Platte River valley in Nebraska to Lone Dog and his Indian wife. His grandfather was Red War Bonnet, a Sisseton Sioux from Minnesota. John Swift Bear was married to Florence May (1836-1920) at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. He had three wives who were sisters, 20 sons and one daughter Sarah Red Horse; Sarah's daughter Eugenia was the mother of Joseph Stars, Sr. His sons included John, James, George, Ben, Phillip and Poma. Following their chief's death, the camp disbanded and moved to Milk Camp."
The caption with the photo reads as follows:
"Mrs. Loafer Red Horse was Sarah Swift Bear, the only daughter of Chief Swift Bear. She was the mother of Eugenia Red Horse who was the mother of Joseph Stars, Sr."
Post by kingsleybray on Jul 13, 2013 16:50:32 GMT -5
I am looking on the 1885 map of log cabins and households on Rosebud Reservation. Swift Bear's Camp is located on the north side of the Niobrara river a few miles above its confluence with the Missouri. Approximately 15-20 names are given, including several white names of inmarried families from the old fur trade. Next to Swift Bear's cabin is marked that of Cheyenne Butcher. I think he was Swift Bear's son-in-law, but I don't have the reference to hand. He was Oglala, Spleen band. Rain Water is also listed in this camp.
A second cluster of cabins is marked approximately 30-40 miles northward along Whetstone Creek (the site of the agency in 1868-71). Three Indian names cluster together, Milk, Goggle Eyes, and Yellow Breast. Milk was another Oglala associated with the Brule.
Both Milk's Camp and Swift Bear's Camp relocated over the next few years to Ponca Creek, which runs between the Niobrara and Whetstone creek. The whole locality was known as Milk's Camp. The township of Herrick, SD, was a few miles northward. See LaVera Rose's excellent RosebudREZ website.