BIG FOOT

( Spotted Elk )

 

 

Miniconjou (Sioux) Chief

1820 -1890

 

Big Foot (Si-tanka).

A Hunkpapa Sioux chief, of the Cheyenne River reservation, South Dakota, leader of the band of about 300 men, women, and children who fled from the reservation after the killing of Sitting Bull in the autumn of 1890, intending to join the hostiles in the Badlands.

They were intercepted by troops on Wounded Knee Creek and surrendered, but in attempting to disarm the Indians a conflict was precipitated, resulting in an engagement in which almost the entire hand, including Big Foot, was exterminated, Dec. 29, 1890.