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Hollow Horn Bear

Hollow Horn Bear
Matȟó Héȟloǧeča
Hollow Horn Bear (Photo by John Anderson, 1900.)
Brulé Lakota leader leader
Personal details
Born ca. 1850
Present-day Sheridan County, Nebraska, U.S.
Died 1913
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Relations Grandson, Albert White Hat
Parents Father, Iron Shell
Known for Defeating Capt. William Fetterman, arresting Crow Dog for the murder of Spotted Tail

Hollow Horn Bear (Lakota name Matȟó Héȟloǧeča) (ca. 1850 – 1913) was a Brulé Lakota leader during the Indian Wars on the Great Plains of the United States.

Hollow Horn Bear was born in what today is Sheridan County, Nebraska. He was the son of chief Iron Shell. Although he initially raided the Pawnee, he later was involved in harassing forts along the Bozeman Trail with other Sioux leaders between 1866 and 1868. During this period, he became famous as the chief who defeated Capt. William Fetterman. However, he began to favor peace with the whites during the 1870s. He became a celebrity in the East, and was present at several functions as a native representative. He was featured on a 14-cent postage stamp and on a five dollar bill.

Hollow Horn Bear featured on the 14-cent stamp.
He was appointed the head of Indian police at the Theodore Roosevelt, and in 1913, he led a group of Indians to the inauguration parade of President Woodrow Wilson. He caught pneumonia during the visit and died.

His interment was in Todd County, South Dakota.


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