Red Cloud: Warrior-Statesman of the Lakota Sioux

Red Cloud: Warrior-Statesman of the Lakota Sioux

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"Perhaps no Indian of the mid-nineteenth century was as well known in his time as the great Lakota Sioux Red Cloud. He led his people against the U.S. Army in the Powder River country, forced the closure of the Bozeman Trail, and strongly influenced the negotiation of a favorable outcome in the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868; in the process, he became the preeminent chief among the Sioux. In his later years, Red Cloud was an intermediary for his people in their dealings with the U.S. government and steadfastly resisted encroachments on Sioux land.

Robert W. Larson is retired as Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. He is the author of Ernest L. Blumenschein: The Life of an American Artist and Gall: Lakota War Chief, which won the Spur Award for nonfiction. The Denver Press of Westerners honored him in 2006 with its Fred A. Rosenstock Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western History."