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Chief John Matowatakpe "Charging Bear" Grass
Birth: 1837
Death: May 10, 1918

Lakota Chief. Born to the Blackfeet Teton band of the Lakota Sioux, son of Pezi, a hereditary Lokota chief. Grass would inherit his position from his father. His warrior name was Ma-tow-a-tak-pe or Charging Bear and he fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Grass and Gall served as rivals to Sitting Bull after the latter surrendered in 1881. In 1888 President Grover Cleveland met with Sitting Bull, Gall, and Grass to establish the Standing Rock Agency which was confirmed in 1889 despite Sitting Bull's negative stance. Grass did not participate in the Ghost Dance, the fear of which led to the death of his rival Sitting Bull. For more than three decades, Grass served as Chief Justice in the Court of Indian Offenses of the Standing Rock Agency at Fort Yates. During the summer of 1913, with 500 in attendance, Chief Grass adopting Alfred Burton Welch, U.S. Army Captain, as his son. Grass died on the Agency at about age 80 and was buried at Fort Yates in the Catholic cemetery. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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Saint Peters Catholic Church Cemetery
Fort Yates
Sioux County
North Dakota, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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