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Chief Taoyateduta Little Crow
Birth: 1818
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1863
Hutchinson
McLeod County
Minnesota, USA

Dakota Chief and spokesman for the Mdewkanton band of Dakota. He descended from several generations of chieftains and was the principle Chief who led the hostile Dakota in the US-Dakota War of 1862. His Dakota name was Taoyateduta, which translates to "His Red Nation" or "His Red People". He was the eldest son of Chief Big Thunder (Wakinyantanka) and a Mdewakanton woman named Woman Planting in Water (Minio Kadawin). His grandfather was Cetanwakuwa, which translates to "Charging Hawk". A mis-translation of his grandfather's name to "Crow" led to white settlers referring to him as "Little Crow". As a young man, he was exiled from his father's band for illicit affairs. During the 1830s, he served on the side of the Americans during the Black Hawk War. He married several daughters of a Wahpekute chief. In about 1836, he left his Wahpekute wives and lived among the Wahpetons of Lac Qui Parle. Eventually, he married four daughters of Chief Running Walker. He had 22 children. In 1846, his father was mortally wounded when he accidentally shot himself. His father had wanted another son to succeed him as chief, but he had been killed during a battle with the Chippewas.

When the Dakota were defeated by US soldiers, he became a fugitive and fled to Canada. He was not allowed to continue living there, so he returned to Minnesota. He was spotted picking berries with his son near Hutchinson on July 3, 1863. He was shot and killed by Nathan and Chauncey Lamson, a local farmer and his son. 
 
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  Thomas Wowinape Wakeman (1846 - 1886)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
TAOYA TE DUTA
Known as Chief Little Crow
of the Mde Wakantons
Born 1818 - Died July 3, 1863
Buried Sept. 27, 1971
"Tosa Nice Mate Kte"
"Therefore I'll Die With You"

 
Burial:
First Presbyterian Cemetery
Flandreau
Moody County
South Dakota, USA
 
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: May 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37484214
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