Look at the clouds outside, Walks as She Thinks. We will call him Red Cloud.
The government is planning to make a trail along our land!
It will be okay. Your great-uncle will take care of you.
Now Red Cloud, I will teach you how to use a bow and arrow.
He was a good man.
I really need to prove myself as a warrior.
On September 20, 1822 Red Cloud was born to Walks as She Thinks and Lone Man. His mother was a member of the Oglala Sioux and his father was Brule Sioux. He was named after a weird storm that came through.
The Government's Plan
The government is planning on making a trail through our land!
At around 5 years old Red Cloud's father died. After that he was brought up by his mother's uncle, Smoke, a leader of the Oglala Sioux.
I hope you know that you just signed away your land.
What do you mean I signed away my land?
Why are we even here? We should be back on our land! This is the government's fault! Why aren't we attacking them?
Red Cloud wanted to distinguish himself as a warrior at a young age. He was brave in the Oglala battles and became war leader at around 1866.
In 1866, in the middle of a war, Red Cloud found out that the government was planning on carving out a trail with forts along it where the land for the Sioux was supposed to be.
In 1870, after they won the war against the government in 1868, Red Cloud signed a treaty, but little did he know he was signing off his land. Since he was tricked he was granted an agency land.
Living on the agency land was hard for most people, so Red Cloud eased people's painful transition to reservation life. He also counseled his people to stay peaceful. On December 10, 1909, he died at the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota.
It will all be okay. We just need to stay peaceful.