Red Cloud 1822-1909 Perhaps one of the most capable warriors from the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribesmen ever faced by the US military, Makhpiya Luta, his Sioux name, led his people in what is known as Red Cloud’s War. This battle was for the rights to the area known as Powder River Country in Northern Wyoming and Southern Montana. Eventually he led his people during their time on reservation.
Red Cloud (Lakota: Maȟpíya Lúta), (1822 – December 10, 1909) was a war leader and a chief of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux). He led as a chief from 1868 to 1909. One of the most capable Native American opponents the United States Army faced, he led a successful campaign in 1866–1868 known as Red Cloud's War over control of the Powder River Country in northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana.
There was no hope on Earth, and God seemed to have forgotten us. Some said they saw the Son of God, others did not see Him. If he had come, He would do some great things as He had done before. We doubted it because we had seen neither Him nor His works. Red Cloud talking about Wovoka. Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.
In spite of being shot eight times, Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. ordered his men to tie him to a tree so he could keep fighting, action for which he received the Medal of Honor. Red Cloud was the third of four Native Americans to be awarded the Medal of Honor in Korea.
Chief Red Cloud, 'Great Spirit raised both the white man and the Indian. I think he raised the Indian first. He raised me in this land, it belongs to me. White man was raised over the great waters, and his land is over there'