Young Man Afraid of his Horses


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Young-Man-Afraid-Of-His-Horses [Tasunkakokipapi],
also translated as His-Horses-Are-Afraid and They-Fear-Even-His-Horses, was a chief of the Oglala Sioux. His name was sometimes misinterpreted, and is meant to mean, roughly, as the man of whose horse we are afraid off meaning that the bearer of the name was so feared in battle that the even the sight of his horse would inspire fear.

They-Fear-Even-His-Horses was born in 1830. In 1866, he joined forces as a lieutenant under Red Cloud when the Dakota resisted attempts by the United States government to build the Montana trail through the Sioux hunting grounds of Powder River, resulting in a two year conflict known as Red Cloud’s War. After the peace settlement in 1868, Young-Man-Afraid-Of-His-Horses retired to the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota serving as president of the Pine Ridge Indian Council.

A strong supporter of friendly relations with the Federal government, he would attend several delegations to Washington, D.C. for improved treatment as well as an acting negotiator with federal authorities to assist the Sioux Nation in adjusting to reservation life before and after the massacre at Wounded Knee before his death in 1900. He died on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dokota.

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