WASHAKIE

( Wahsh'-uh-kee )

 

 

Shoshoni Chief

1804 -1900

 

A chief of the Eastern Shoshoni Indians of Wyoming, was noted for his exploits in fighting and also for his friendship with the white pioneers.

When wagon trains were passing through Shoshoni country in the 1850s, Washakie and his people aided the overland travelers in fording streams and recovering strayed cattle.

He was also a scout for the U.S Army.

His Wind-River Shoshone did fight aside the US Army against the Lakota/Dakota at Little Big Horn in 1876.

For their help, the Shoshone received a great Reservation in Wyoming.

In 1880 they had to give a part of this Reservation to their greatest enemies, the Arapaho.