Oglala Lakota leader loses battle with a long illness - KOTA Territory News

Oglala Lakota leader loses battle with a long illness


Chief Oliver Red Cloud, descendent of Red Cloud an Oglala Lakota signatory Chief of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty peace agreement with the United States, passed away July 4, 2013 at 4:20pm after fighting a long illness in a Denver, Colorado hospital. 

Chief Red Cloud was 93 years old.

He was the Pine Ridge Agency delegate to and also Chief of Eight Indian Reservations when convened. And, he was the leading statesman for keeping Peace between Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho people of the Dakota Territory with the United States according to the terms under the Fort Laramie Treaty.

According to a news release from his family, Chief Red Cloud was a powerful orator about obligations each nation had to the other in keeping peace during modern times.  As Chief of Eight Reservations, he continually reminded the United States Government that it still shall provide education, health and welfare to his people.

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