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 <I>Cut Nose</I> Marpiya Okinajin

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Cut Nose Marpiya Okinajin

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 26 Dec 1862 Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 47611203

The most prominent Mdewakanton Dakota warrior of the US-Dakota war. His name means "One Who Stands on a Cloud," but he was commonly referred to as "Cut Nose." As a young man, he was a skilled hunter and quick to fight with other young men in his tribe. It was after a fight with with another warrior, Hotonho Waste, ("Beautiful Voice"), later known as John Other Day, that he received the name "Cut Nose." During the fight, Hotonho Waste, a fierce warrior himself, had bitten off part of his nose. For many years, he was known among the Dakota and white settlers as a "belligerent drunk". His chemical dependency advanced to the point where he didn't give up whiskey until he was nearly stripped of his leadership in the tribe and turned away.

Second in command under Chief Little Crow, he was the leader of the hostile Mdewakanton Dakota during the US-Dakota War. He led the attacks at Fort Ridgely (Aug. 21-22, 1862) and New Ulm. He was a key warrior, not only leading other warriors, but also killing as many settlers as he could, including several women and children. He was known for his fearlessness, ruthlessness and brutality during the war.


Federal Register, Vol. 65, No. 100, Tues. May 23, 2000, Notices. Nearly 138 years after his death, remains of Marpiya Oki Najin were discovered by a museum in Michigan. Under the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the remains were returned to the Dakota tribe and buried with the honors due a chief.

Whiting and Ruggles Report, Case No. 96. Mahpe-o-ke-na-ji. Convicted of the murder of Antoine Young, and of participating in the murder of another man, four women and eleven children.





  • Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
  • Added: 5 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47611203
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cut Nose Marpiya Okinajin (unknown–26 Dec 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47611203, citing Dakota (Sioux) Memorial - 1862, Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Cindy K. Coffin (contributor 47084179) .