I found this photograph on SIRIS. Smithsonian states it shows Bloody Knife, but I´m not sure about this. Any opinion?
Arikara man, Bloody Knife and Mr De Frane (by anonymous photographer)
Copy from print furnished by Mrs Frances De Frane, Dawson, Nebraska. A picture also appears in "The Fighting Norths and Pawnee Scouts," by Robert Bruce (paper bound booklet in Bureau of American Ethnology Library, page 28.)
Born with the Hunkpapas, [N.D.]. His father was a Hunkpapa Sioux, his mother an Arikara. He became a famous warrior and chief with his mother's tribe and served with Custer in the Black Hills in 1876. [1874 ?] Was killed while with Reno on the day of the Custer massacre. See biography in Handbook of American Indians by G.B.G. (includes error re the Hunkpapa Reservation. Bloody Knife was born before the Reservation was established. Mrs Frances De Frane's letter of 11-21-28 states that this picture was "taken with my husband when he was a soldier at Fort Helena...sometime before 1876 when Bloody Knife was killed...My husband is wearing a fox skin cap made and given him by Bloody Knife's sister."
My first thought was: no, he isn´t. He appears younger than the man in the other photos. But the text of Mrs De Frane made me think. But I still am not sure. There are other photographs of Arikara scouts with a saber and similar dresses around that period. So he could at least be an Arikara.
What impressed me are the eyes that possess such heavy lids. They appear to be so distinctive and identical regardless of the age of the subject pictured in the photos. Certainly not conclusive evidence but, nevertheless, noteworthy.
photos from Dietmar and grahamnew ... I think its the same man! I cant swear to his name or identity, but personally just comparing the two pix - I think there is a high chance you are looking at the same individual.