Today I wanted to talk about Red Cloud (not red clouds). Red Cloud was a great Sioux warrior and a leader of his people during the Red Clouds War. December 10th marks the anniversary of his death. Announcements of Red Cloud’s death and recognition of his achievements were printed in major newspapers across the U.S. In 1871, the town of Red Cloud, Nebraska was named in his honour.
Red Cloud is hailed as a hero because he was one of the most capable Native American opponents to the United States Army faced in its mission to settle the western territories.
The Lakota tribe was matriarchal and the children belong to their mothers and the clan. The mother’s brothers were responsible to be male role models to sons. That’s why Red Cloud was mentored as a boy by his maternal uncle, Old Chief Smoke (1774–1864).