Htayétu wašte! This is my first time posting on a forumn, so sorry if my question is long winded for a single topic. I am looking for information about the police force at Standing Rock during Sitting Bull's arrest. One of the policemen's name was OneFeather and was mentioned in the 88th Division CloverLeaf publication as having arrested and killed Crow Foot during Sitting Bull's arrest with Lone Man. Would this be Antoine Onefeather who is listed in the goverment publication Indian Laws and Treatys: Vol 5. Chapter 284; H. [R. 16522.] 45 Stat., 2309. Are these Onefeather's related to the One Feather's on Pine Ridge, who may be mentioned on "Sitting Bull.org" as being pursued with Few Tails (Oglala) after hunting in He Sapa with a pass from the Agency?
CDV of One Feather, Hunkpapa Lakota, 2008, Spring Historic Americana, June 5 & 6, 2008 with no imprint, but known to be the work of O.S. Goff, Bismarck, D.T., July 1881. Ink inscriptions recto and verso: One Feather. After a five-year exile in Canada following the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull surrendered to military officials at Fort Buford, D.T., in July 1881. He and the people of his immediate band were taken by steamboat down the Missouri to the Standing Rock Reservation. One Feather’s presence with Sitting Bull on this trip suggests he had also been present in the Lakota village at the Little Bighorn and had spent five years in Canadian exile. However, on Dec. 15, 1890, One Feather was one of the Agency police sent by Agent James McLaughlin to arrest Sitting Bull. He was standing in the tight group around the chief in the doorway of his log cabin when the battle erupted with Sitting Bull’s supporters. Sitting Bull was murdered immediately by Bull Head and Red Tomahawk, and an intense fire fight ensued during which several of the police and many of Sitting Bull’s Hunkpapas were also killed. One Feather, who survived, is recorded to have fired 120 bullets in that battle (Vestal 1957: 273, 298, 305).
However... there are a couple opf photos of by Goff of Goose, who had scouted for the army, with the same backdrop, so I don't think the fact that the existence of the Siting Bull photo with this backdrop necessarily means that One Feather was with him. Could be, though.
And this, of course, is assuming it is THE One Feather because matters are further complicated by the fact I'm pretty sure this is the same man photographed by Barry ca. 1885 and labelled Long Feather. Here he is with Father Craft:
I've also seen this man labelled as High Feather.
The Oglala Moses One Feather involved in the Few Tails affair was painted in 1941 by David Humphreys Miller, aged 92:
There is a photo of a One Feather with the Wild West Show in either Rome or Verona in 1890. He's the one in the light quilt worn over civilian clothing:
Could be the same as above...
There's more about Mose One Feather, with the following photo (presumably taken by Miller at the time of the painting) here:
Wow, thank for all your help ladonna and grahamew. Especially about the High Feather and Long Feather references... Does anyone know would people's names have been "changed" based on what was written by the agencies like as a communication error or perhaps as a personal preference? I've seen the 1st Goff photo but it's really interesting to see the others. Thanks again everyone, this is really helpful!
I´m not really sure if the One Feather in the Goff/Barry photos could be the one who was of the special police in 1890. The men of the Indian police were younger men, as far as I know, Bull Head and Shave Head were the senior officers. The One Feather in the pictures would have been too old to be in the police squad as a private.
According to John Gray, Long Feather, a member of Shot in the Head's Sihasapa band, and Bear's Face, a Hunkpapa, had been sent to Sitting Bull's camp in 1876 after Little Bighorn to talk him round into meeting General Miles. I assume they must have had some familial connections with the Sitting Bull Indians and I wonder if that's why Long Feather was there (assuming the Goff photo was taken at the same time as the one of Sitting Bull) when Sitting Bull was photographed by Goff in Bismarck in 1881.
So lets separate this Moses One Feather born 1842 (an Oglala who was 48 at the time of Sitting Bull Death)) Antoine One Feather born 1851 (39 years old at the time of Sitting Bull death) (Hunkpapa) Long Feather born 1861 was 29 years old (at the time of Sitting Bull death) (Blackfeet Lakota)
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Henry Tataukapah (Bullhead) Charles Kashlah (Shave Head) Marcellus Chankpidutah (Red Tomahawk) James Wambdichigalah (Little Eagle) James Wambdi (Eagle Man) Thomas Tunkah (Stone Man) Louis Wahpahah (Hat) Hugh Chetahohonko (Swift Hawk) Paul Akicitah (Afraid of Soldier) Luke Ptasah (White Buffalo Man) Alexander Hochokah (Middle) Eugene Akichitahchigala (Little Soldier) Joseph Brown wolf Richard Running Hawk Paul Hautaymaza (Iron Cedar) John Ishnawichah (Lone Man) Oliver Hehakawaketo (Looking Elk) Dennis Wahpahaichu (Take the Hat) George Ironstar Felix Matowitko (Crazy Bear) Daniel Ojincha (Bob Tail Bull) Afraid of Hawk Joseph White Bird David Hawkman Magpie Eagle Iron Thunder Joseph Paints Brown Leo Weasel Bear Rooster Martin High Eagle Louis Good Voiced Eagle William Red Bear Bad Horse Jacob Cross Bear Black Pheasant John Armstrong (Strong Arm) Antoine One Feather Walcott Walking Shooter Edward Good Voice Elk Cetanwicoste (Hawk Man) Elias Brown Man Maurice Bob Tail Bull Gabriel Wamblihota (Grey Eagle) Otter Robe Spotted Thunder Young Eagle David Chatka (Left Hand) Miles Walker (Crazy Walkers ) Francis Kokeposhni (Not Afraid) Edmund High Eagle Henry Wakanyuhah (Holy Place) Frank Buffalo Head Tacanhpiluta George Flying Bye 1st Lieutenant Red Fox Bad Gun
Remember the Indian police were selected because they already had that position in camp and were already akicita for their people, so if you look at the list you will find Yanktonais, Hunkapaps, Blackfeets that are Indian Police. Many quit the Indian police after Sitting Bull death, some of these men went to Canada and were in the prison of war camp with Sitting Bull they considered Sitting Bull relative, what happened was shocking to many of the Indian police.
I guess the Long Feather above must be the father of the one born in 1861 because the photos show a much older man and I assume he was an important man to be sent to Sitting Bull's village along with Bear's face.
I guess your information also means the One Feather in the Wild West Show wasn't the one involved in the Few Tails fight because he seems to look much younger than 48.
The photograph of One/Long Feather with Father Craft was shot by Barry about 1885/6. In another (or even the same) Barry session there were shot photos of Sitting Bull, Long Dog, Belly Fat and Gray Eagle, all decorated with crosses or crucifixes which were presented to Pope Leo XIII in February 1887. I would guess that One/Long Feather was between 40 and 50 years about 1885/6, what corresponds roughly with Ladonna's Moses One Feather born about 1842. So I agree with grahamew that Long Feather was likely the father of the one born in 1861.
For the sake of clarity, I don't think Moses One Feather is the same man as the Blackfoot Long Feather, but I do think the photos of Long Feather show a much older man than one born in 1861; hence my raisning the possibility that he is the father.
I also think that the man identified in the 1890 Wild West Show photo as One Feather looks too young to be Moses One Feather.