Volunteer Arikara Indian Scouts


The United States Volunteer Indian Scouts
April - May 1876 to October - November 1876

Arikara Scouts from left to right: He That Strikes, Bob Tail Bull,
Yellow Wolfe, Sitting Bear at Ft. Berthold Oct. 1872 (SHSND A1678)

Researched by Rhoda Star, Sahnish Society Historian.
This page appears courtesy of the Sahnish Culture Society, authored during NatureShift Winter Workshop, 1999. Many thanks to their continued support and contributions to Wounded Hawk.

Ree (Arikara) Scouts who rode with Major Marcus A. Reno, in the valley fight

Bloody Knife, age 37

Civilian Scout (with Quarter Master)

Killed in action June 25,1876. At Reno's side, 2:51 pm

Bob-tailed Bull, age 45

Sergeant.

Killed in action , June 25,1876 on the east bank,4:00 pm.

Forked Horn, age 36

Advance Scout. Weir advance. Capt. Thomas B. Weir. Reno Siege.

Goose, age 21

Scout, Courier,

Wounded in Action June 25,1876. Reno Siege.

Little Brave, age 27

Scout.

Killed in action June 25,1876, on the east bank, 4:00 pm.

Red Bear, age 23

Horse Herder & Courier.

Later went to gather Dakota horses

Red Foolish Bear, age 28

Scout, Advance scout. Courier. Weir Advance. Reno Siege.

Young Hawk, age 17

Scout. Sharp shooter. Cook. Reno siege.


REE (ARIKARA) SCOUTS WHO CROSSED THE LITTLE BIG HORN

Boy Chief, age 19

Rear guard in return to Power River base camp.

Little Sioux, age 19,

Courier. Rear Guard.

One Feather, age 45

Horse herder

Red Star, age 18

 

Advance scout. Took the note written by Charley Reynolds to Custer, concerning sighted Dakota camp from Wolf Mountains(now called Crow's Nest).

Strikes Two, age 32

Rear guard.


REE (ARIKARA SCOUTS) WHO DID NOT CROSS THE LITTLE BIG HORN

Black Fox, age 29

 

Horse herder, Weir advance, Rear guard in return to Powder River base camp.

Bull, age 19

 

Horse herder,Advance scout,Rode with Red Star to take note to Custer.

Bull-stands-in-the-water, age 29

 

Horse herder. Before battle, he said,"Let us eat breakfast,etc," Arikara Narrative Notes.

Charging Bull, age 45

Horse herder.

Red Wolf, age 28

 

Horse herder.

Stabbed, age 45

Courier, Rear guard.

Soldier, age 44

Corporal, Rear guard.

White Eagle, age 24

Horse herder.

Strikes the Lodge, age 29

Advance Scout, Weir advance, Rear guard.


REE (ARIKARA) SCOUTS AT POWDER RIVER BASE CAMP

Black Porcupine, age 21

Courier

Curly Head (Hair), age 19

Courier

Howling Wolf, age 21

Courier

Horns in Front, age 42

Courier, was ill.

Running Wolf, age 20

Courier

Scabby Wolf, age 19

Courier

Tall(High) Bear, age 45

Courier


PACK TRAIN (WITH MAJOR ORLANDO H. MOORE)

Pretty Face, age 21

Horse herder, did not cross the Little Big Horn River.

  
COURIERS ON DETACHED SERVICE

Bear's Eyes, age 31

Fort Abraham Lincoln, May 17,1876.

Charging up the Hill, age 31

June 1,1876, courier to Ft. Lincoln. He later returned to the column. Lt. Varnum.

Foolish Bear, age 26

Rosebud courier, June 22,1876 - Hidatsa.

Left Handed, age 46

Little Missouri, courier, Ft.Lincoln, Lt. Burns.

One Horn, age 26

Little Missouri (camp no. 3),Courier, May 17,1876, returned to Ft. Lincoln with Red Foolish Bear. Replaced with Red Bear.

Owl, age 19

May 17,1876, Fort Lincoln. Courier

Wagon, age 30

May 17,1876, Fort Lincoln . Courier


ADVANCE SCOUTS: THESE SCOUTS WENT AHEAD WITH CHARLEY REYNOLDS TO WOLF MOUNTAINS, AND FIRST SIGHTED THE DAKOTA CAMP.

Black Fox (Ree)

Bull (Ree)

Forked Horn (Ree)

Red Foolish Bear (Ree)

Red Star (Ree)

Strikes-the-Lodge (Ree)

Lt. Varnum

Mitch Boyer

Charley Reynolds

White Man Runs Him (Crow)

Total of 14 = six Ree Scouts, five Crow Scouts.