Chief Spotted Tail (1823 - 1881) was a Brulé Lakota tribal chief. A great warrior in his youth, having taken part in the Grattan massacre. He had become convinced of the futility of opposing the white incursions into his homeland; he became a statesman, speaking for peace and defending the rights of his tribe. He made several trips to Washington, D.C in the 1870s to represent his people, and was noted for his interest in bringing education to the Sioux.
Gall. 1840-1894. He was a great warrior and became a war chief in his twenties. Leading the Lakota in their long war against the US, he served with Sitting Bull during several battles, including the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. A modern reassessment of the Battle of Little Bighorn has given Gall greater credit for several crucial tactical decisions that contributed to the Sioux and Cheyenne's defeat of the five companies of cavalry led by Custer of the 7th Cavalry.
Native American Award for Valor, Courage and Bravery Is there a Native American symbol awarded to great warriors for valor, courage, and bravery in battle much like the Silver or Bronze Stars awarded to soldiers.
Chief Naiche (ca. 1857-1919). He rode with Geronimo, had 3 wives at one time, and father of 15 children. He was considered a great warrior, crack shot, gifted artist and in his later years to conform with the demands of the Anglo became a Christian. After his final surrender in 1886, he was a prisoner of war until 1913, in Florida, Alabama and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He spent his last years on the Mescalero reservation in New Mexico and died in 1919. (impurplehawk.com)