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    Sioux name was Wicasa Tanka Ciqala ('Little Big Man')
    Known to his tribesmen as Mato Watakpe ('Charging Bear')
    Leader and warrior of the Oglala Sioux/Oglala Lakota
    Active in the fight to prevent the United States from taking control of the ancestral Sioux lands in the Black Hills area of the Dakota Territory
    Fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn in the Montana Territory (1876); later joined the Indian Department as an agency scout
    Notorious for his role in the detainment and eventual murder of Crazy Horse at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in 1877
    His name is an oxymoron.
    He had a reputation for being a short-tempered troublemaker.
    He named his son Bad Whirlwind and his daughter Bones.
    He killed white rancher, Levi Powell, with his own rifle (March 1872).
    He is the Judas Iscariot of Sioux oral history (which tends to cast Crazy Horse as a Christ-like figure).
    He allegedly pinned Crazy Horse's arms behind his back to allow soldiers to bayonet him to death.
    His complicity in Crazy Horse's death may have been motivated by jealousy (years earlier they had been hot-headed rivals).
    His name was occasionally altered in newspaper articles to 'Little Bad Man' (probably tongue-and-cheek).
    Legend has it that Crazy Horse's last words were directed to him, saying 'let me go my friends. You have got me hurt enough.'
    In reality, Crazy Horse lived long enough to shake hands with well-wishers on his death bed, absolving most of them of guilt. All but Little Big Man, whom he blamed personally.
    Google searches turn up content related to a 1970 Dustin Hoffman Western that has virtually nothing to do with the real person.
    He was barely 5'5.
    His earliest interaction with Crazy Horse was as a teammate of his on raiding parties (his forthright mannerisms contrasted with his partner's quietism well).
    In his later years, he made a living by selling elaborate depictions of his life on 10-by-6 muslin with India ink, for as much as four dollars (a hefty sum back then).
    He maintained an activity with the Indian Department for years, frequently traveling to Washington DC to testify on Indian Affairs.
    He evidently became enough of a model citizen that President Hayes personally presented him with a document praising 'his good qualities' and granting him 'special privileges.'
    He carried a deep regret over the 'renegade sellout Indian' status he attained from his involvement in the killing.
    Evidently he coped with it by showing off the his Silver medal which bore the inscription, 'Given to Little Big Man for valiant services at the death of Crazy Horse.'
    At least one version of the story claims that he was attempting to restrain Crazy Horse for his own protection (even yelling 'Nephew, don't do that!')
    During the struggle, Crazy Horse allegedly pulled a six-inch Tobacco knife on him, slashing his wrist.
    A white rancher who met him in 1881 was in awe of his physicality, writing: 'while owning a scant five feet in height, he had the breadth and depth of chest and length and power like the arms of a giant.'

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