Wassenberg Art Center

Kills Pretty Enemy

Leo Kills Pretty Enemy, son of a Hunkpapa Sioux father and a Brule Sioux mother, was 21 years old at the time of the Battle of Little Big Horn and a seasoned warrior who fount under Chief Crow King, Gall and other fighting leaders. His initiation to the warpath occured when he was 15 and accompanied a war party of men in the prime against the Pawnees in northern Nebraska. Not only did he count two coups, he captured a buckskin ware pony from a live enemy, a considerable exploit for a youngster assigned to merely carrying moccasins for his elders.

"I was a member of the Fox Warriors, we Foxes thought of ourselves as real foxes and called any enemies the 'Arrow Bones,' for it was up to us to seek out enemies as foxes do bones."