Native Northern Cheyenne Chief. He was originally known as Wahiev which means Morning Star. He obtained the name Dull Knife after a battle with a Sioux warrior who had a buffalo hide shield his knife could not pierce. From that point the Sioux called him Tamela Pashme - Dull Knife. He was known for both honesty and courage as well as in his war record. He fought in the Cheyenne-Arapaho War in 1864–65 Colorado, in the Sioux Wars for the Northern Plains in 1866–68 and in Red Cloud's War for the Bozeman Trail. He was a signer of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty that deeded Native American land to the white settlers. In 1875 he allied with the Sioux in their desperate defense of the Black Hills country and against confining the Indians upon reservations. In 1876 after the defeat of Custer at Little Big Horn, he with the Cheyenne surrendered and they were sent to a reservation in Oklahoma. Determined to return to home, in 1878 he led what was left of his people back to Montana but were eventually caught by the US Army. When he and his people refused to return to Oklahoma, they made a daring escape in which many were killed and recaptured. Dull Knife with a few others got away and made it to the safety of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Eventually through public sympathy a reservation was established for the Northern Cheyenne in Montana, where he and his people were finally allowed to settle in peace.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith