Wassenberg Art Center

Chief Turkey Legs

Turkey Legs, a minor Northern Cheyenne Chief in 1876, led his warriors at the Battle of Little Big Horn. He was famous among his people for his later exploit known to whites as the Plum Creek incident, in which Turkey Legs and his young band derailed a Union Pacific train and killed several crew members. One white railroader escaped after the Cheyennes scalped him and became one of the few cases on record of a person surviving without his scalp.

"All tribes (of the plains) needed buffalo for livelihoods, so we tried to stop vehos from bringing in their iron horses and splitting and destroying the buffalo herds. I set out to lead a raid to 'kill' an iron horse."
Crow Agency, MT 1938

Information Form

If you have additional information about this Warrior, we would love to have it. Please fill out the form below with your information and the information you have about this Warrior. You can also upload images and documents. Thank you in helping us get the most complete story.

* Required