White Bull, Chief of the Miniconjou Lakota

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White Bull

Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Ská
Also Known As: "Bull Standing with Cow (childhood name)", "Big in the Center (name given as a young man)", "Joseph White Bull"
Birthdate: (98)
Birthplace: Black Hills in South Dakota
Death: July 24, 1947 (98)
SD, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Makes Room, Chief of the Miniconjou Lakota and Good Feather Woman
Husband of Holy Lodge; White Cow; Rattle Track; Eagle Woman; Light in the Face and 1 other
Brother of One Bull; Shell Woman; Uses Her Own Words Woman; Kills Standing and Kills In Lodge
Half brother of Henry Makes Room

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About White Bull, Chief of the Miniconjou Lakota


White Bull (Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Ská) (April 1849 – June 21, 1947) was the nephew of Sitting Bull, and a famous warrior in his own right. White Bull participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876. For years it was said White Bull boasted of killing Lt. George Armstrong Custer at the famous battle. Other sources[who?] say White Bull himself never made that claim but admitted to struggling with Custer.

Born in the Black Hills in South Dakota, White Bull came from a prominent Sioux family. He was the son of Makes Room, a Miniconjou chief and the brother of One Bull. White Bull's uncle was the famous Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting Bull, whom he joined in fleeing to Canada after the Little Bighorn battle. Young Chief Solomon "Smoke" and Chief No Neck (these two chiefs were the sons of the old Chief Smoke 1774–1864), who fled with White Bull and Sitting Bull and their bands to Canada.

White Bull surrendered to government troops in 1876. He eventually became a chief, replacing his father Chief Makes Room upon his death. He acted as a judge of the Court of Indian Offenses, and was a proponent of Lakota land claims in the Black Hills. White Bull and Wendell Smoke (Wendell was the son of Chief Solomon "Smoke") took over as the main headmen of Bald people and Short Bald people bands of the Bad Faces after Chief Solomon "Smoke" had died in 1895 at the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota. Chief White Bull died in South Dakota in 1947.

White Bull's relationship to his uncle made him an important contributor to Stanley Vestal's biography of Sitting Bull.

His grandson was Chief Dave Bald Eagle, who served with the U.S. 4th Cavalry and later in the 82nd Airborne.


  • Stanley Vestal, Warpath: The True Story of the Fighting Sioux Told in a Biography of Chief White Bull (University of Nebraska Press, First Bison Book printing, 1984) ISBN 0-8032-9601-0
  • The Warrior Who Killed Custer: The Personal Narrative of Chief Joseph White Bull. Translated and Edited By James H. Howard. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1968.
  • Lakota Warrior: A Personal Narrative. Edited by James H. Howard. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.
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White Bull, Chief of the Miniconjou Lakota's Timeline

April 1849
Black Hills in South Dakota
July 24, 1947
Age 98
SD, United States