Wassenberg Art Center

Drags-The-Rope

Drags-The-Rope, an Oglala Sioux warrior aged 20 in 1876, was one of the first Indians to see Custer's approaching column and witnessed the killing of a 10-year old Hunkpapa boy named Deeds by three white soldiers - the first Indian Causally in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Drags-The-Rope later alerted his people as to the impending attack, then followed Crazy Horse into the thick of the fighting, in which he shot several soldiers and counted four coups.

"Drags-The-Rope died in the early years of World War II, sometime in 1942 as I later heard. Then in service, I missed hearing the great keening that mourned him on Red Shirt Table."
David Humphreys Miller
Buffalo Gap, SD 1940

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