Black Crow was involved in the Crow Dog murder case. After Spotted Tails killing in 1881, Black Crow was arrested alongside Crow Dog.
It was thought, that Crow Dog and Black Crow were the instigators of the conspiracy against Spotted Tail. And it was said that they had planned to replace Spotted Tail as Chief with Black Crow. Both were arrested by Indian police (under the authority of the agent, not the tribe) and sent to Fort Niobara, Nebraska, to be held for trial. The National Archives contains a copy of a telegram dated August 7 , sent to Agent Lelar from Fort Niobara: "I have the honor to inform you that Hollow Horn Bear has this day turned over to the C.O. [Commanding Officer] of this Post Crow Dog and Black Crow-and that they are now held here under the charge of the guards."
According to Hollow Horn Bear, Black Crow was with Crow Dog at the time [of the killing?] and also agreed to accompany them to the post, where both were locked in the guard house. It is not clear whether Black Crow was formally arrested at that time, Crow Dog and Black Crow were taken to Deadwood on September 16, but only Crow Dog was ever arraigned on the murder charge. Nevertheless, Black Crow remained in jail until the trial of Crow Dog eight months later. The failure to try Black Crow speaks of lack of evidence of a conspiracy between the two men. After the March 22 conviction of Crow Dog, Black Crow was discharged.
Source: Crow Dog's Case: A Chapter in the Legal History of Tribal Sovereignty by Sidney Harring (1989)
What else do we know of Black Crow (e.g. personal data)?
Post by kingsleybray on Nov 4, 2018 15:09:22 GMT -5
Black Crow seems to have died about 1883 or 1884. As you've shown, gregor, he was alive and well in March 1882 at the time of the Crow Dog acquittal. On the map of Rosebud prepared for the Indian Office in 1885 the cabin of Black Crow's Widow is shown in a Brule community near the mouth of Cut Meat creek. This community corresponds to the Waceyunpa (Roaster, or Meat Roaster) tiyospaye of the Brule. So perhaps his wife was of that band. I incline to think that Black Crow himself belonged to the Kiyuksa band of the Sicangu or Brule.