In an 1881 article from an obscure Indiana newspaper a man named Yellow Eagle is mentioned. I’m trying to find out more background information on this individual.
Now, I do recognize that this name is relatively common, but the article did state two facts that could give some insight into who this person was and what band he belonged to: - He was a “[Sioux] chief who recently was one of the hostiles” - He was, at least by mid 1881, “chief of the mounted Indian police at the agency”; ie. Poplar River Agency (Fort Peck)
This tells me he was part of Sitting Bull’s ‘Canadian’ exiles; some of them intermarried and stayed at Fort Peck after their surrender, and there were already close ties between the Poplar River Yanktonais and the Hunkpapa Lakota from years before. Today, Fort Peck is home to some of these Hunkpapa descendants.
Yellow Eagle was living at Poplar River before Sitting Bull’s July 19 surrender at Fort Buford, as the article is from July 8, which could point to him having been part of Gall’s surrender at Poplar River on January 3 of that same year. Alternatively, he could have already been living there before 1881, as some of Sitting Bull’s exiles slowly drifted back south to the agency since 1877-1878. In any case, he would likely have been Hunkpapa.
Does anyone have information about this Yellow Eagle?
LaDonna, thanks...I received the transcript of her interview with the staff at the SHSND and she related the same story. She also said he had arthritis in his hands and they were not frostbit nor wounded in battle.