Wassenberg Art Center

Joseph White Cow Bull

Joseph White Cow Bull, an Oglala Sioux warrior aged 38 in 1876, joined three Cheyenne warriors to defend a ford when troops under George A. Custer charged down Medicine Tail Coulee to attack the Indian village. Exchanging shots with a buckskin-clad leader who may well have been Custer, White Cow Bull saw him fall off his horse in the river, dead or mortally wounded. Joseph White Cow Bull died in 1942, aged 94.

"I woke up hungry and went to a nearby tipi to ask an old woman for food. As I ate, she said 'today attackers are coming.'"
Crow Fair, SD

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