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Egan (Pony Blanket)

Also Known As: "Ehegante"
Death: 1878 (beheaded by an Umatilla scout)
Immediate Family:

Son of father (stub)
Husband of Evening Star
Father of son1 of Egan; son2 of Egan and dau of Egan (Pony Blanket)
Brother of Penointi "Honey Bear" Honey Bear

Occupation: Paiute warrior
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About Egan (Pony Blanket)

Pony Blanket, known to American settlers as Egan, was born to a Cayuse family and did not know his birth mother.

After his brother Shenkah died, Egan raised Shenkah's daughter Mattie. Mattie became the wife of Chief Winnemucca's son Lee.

Leader of the Paiute/Shoshone/Snake in the Bannock War of the 1870s
prior leader was Buffalo (aka Buffalo Horn)
"In 1868, his lodge was at Fort Harney.[1] In 1869 he collaborated with Chochoco (Has No Horse) {his brother-in-law} to set the Snake people of Weahwewa (Wolf Dog)'s band free from the Klamath Reservation, where they were starving under the mismanagement of Indian Agent William V. Rinehart.[1] Following the Snake War many of the Paiute had moved onto the Malheur Reservation in 1872, but white settlers began to take back land when they found gold and good grazing land there. Egan led his tribe and some Bannock people in fighting the white settlers for two years."

Egan and the Great Uprising "During the battle, war chief Pony Blanket was severely wounded.[1] He and Col. Orlando Robbins met head to head and charged each other, weapons firing.[1] The colonel was not injured but he hit Pony Blanket in the wrist and caused him to fall from his horse.[1] Robbins then shot him with a .45 calibre in the chest and again in the right groin and captured Pony Blanket's buckskin war horse.[1]' (snip) read the rest as you please, it is a tale of woe.


Black Eagle

Wahweveh (Black Eagle) on wikipedia "Wahweveh (Black Eagle) was a leader of the Oregon Walpapi Paiute (related to the Shoshone).[1] He was head war chief in the final phase of the Shoshoni Rebellion, known to Americans as the Sheepeater War of 1879"

" On Saturday, June 22, 1878, Black Eagle rescued the severely injured Pony Blanket (Egan) from the battlefield—saving his life, but signaling the end of Egan's tenure as war chief."


see Zanjani p.129 of Sarah Winnemucca

~• fought to protect the Ochoco from American invasion •~ source Gale Ontko, author, in his book Thunder over the Ochoco (2007) ISBN 0-9790950-5-0 (see Appendix A)