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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 CO hospital.  Grandchildren and other family were present.

Oliver Red Cloud was born 93 years ago at the Pine Ridge Agency which is, at the crow flies, approximately 75 miles southeast of the Black Hill of the Great Sioux Reservation and 150 miles northeast of the Fort Laramie treaty signing location.

Oliver Red Cloud was the Pine Ridge Agency delegate to and also Chief of Eight Indian Reservations when convened. 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.

Chief Oliver 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, Oliver continually reminded the United States Government that it still shall provide education, health and welfare to his people.

Chief Oliver Red Cloud is survived by all his relations. Mitauye Oyasin-We are all related.


The OST Tribal Council honored Mr. Jonathan E. Canis, Arent Fox LLP/Attorney at Law who was the pro-bono attorney for the Alltel deal, during a Session of the Tribal Council on June 1, 2011.  Photos Courtesy of Stacy Two Lance, OST Secretary’s Office.