Bull “Mahta Tatanka” Bear

Bull “Mahta Tatanka” Bear

Birth
USA
Death 1841 (aged 50–51)
Platte County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Lakota funeral, burial
Memorial ID 82921697 · View Source
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Chief Bull Bear led his hundreds of free-spirited Oglala Sioux to near the Laramie River's mouth where they pitched their tall tents along the North Platte River and were expected to hunt, trap and produce furs for the white traders at Fort William (Fort Laramie. He was despotic in rule. Formidible when his will was thwarted. He had a host of enemies, waiting for revenge. He was assassinated in 1841 which came about from a rivalry with another band's leader, by the name of Smoke, when they all were on a trading trip on Chugwater River. Red Cloud, Smoke's nephew of Bad Face band, achieved revenge, he charged Bull Bear's men and shot and killed Bull Bear, thus becoming know as "Chief Killer". Bull Bear was the only child of Stone Knife. Bull Bear had four wives from some other Lakota sub-bands. Bull Bear's sons are Bull Bear II, Little Wound, Thunder Bull, Spotted Eagle, Little Chief and Bull Bear III. Bull Bear was the chief of the Kiyaksa band of the Oglalas from 1834 to 1841. Today the Bull Bear family is mostly Oglala Lakota Sioux but also from the Cheyenne, Osage and Ponca Tribes from Kansas Territory. Because after the feud and split with Smoke in 1834, Bull Bear took his division down south to the Kansas Territory to hunt, and live there. So Bull Bear and some of his people married into Southern Cheyennes, Osages and Poncas. When they traveled back to the Dakota Territory, they ran into a war party of Smoke's warriors. A couple months later, Bull Bear and his division ran into Smoke's Camp again in 1841. Bull Bear was killed, so his oldest son, Bull Bear II, took over as the Chief of his father's division, the Cut Off or Bear people.


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  • Created by: James and Sharon Cissell
  • Added: 3 Jan 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 82921697
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bull “Mahta Tatanka” Bear (1790–1841), Find a Grave Memorial no. 82921697, ; Maintained by James and Sharon Cissell (contributor 47567610) Unknown, who reports a Lakota funeral, burial.