Native Mountain Crow Chief. His name was A-Lek-Chea-Ahoosh which means "Many Achievements". In his early youth he was known as Swift Arrow and gained respect through his merits, exploits of bravery and war deeds. At 25, he became chief of the Mountain Crow. In 1876 he was the head of scouts for General George Crook as Crook was making his way to meet Custer. On the Rosebud River in Montana, he and his Indian scouts saved General Crook from a Custer fate. During the 1880s and 1890s he made several trips to Washington, D.C. which resulted in lease agreements with local cattlemen and fellow chiefs maintaining a friendly but firm stance with the United States. In 1917, he negotiated for right-of-way of the Northern Pacific Railroad and government land payments for Crow land. Later he became a successful farmer and rancher and urged his tribal members to join the armed forces during World War I. Because he had no children, in 1924 he deeded his home and 40 acres to the government as a reminder of the friendship between the Crows and the whites. Today his home is known as Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Montana and is a museum for Crow culture and history.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
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