Dull Knife (aka Morning Star) - Battle at Little Bighorn
A year after they fought the Shoshone, the Battle at Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876 was waged by Red Cloud and one of the leaders in the battles that ensued was Dull Knife, and his main opponent during that battle was General George A. Custer and alongside his companion – Little Wolf – were able to defeat the General. On November 25, 1876 his camp on Powder River was attacked by Colonel Ronald McKenzie. Dull Knife had no choice but to fight, hoping that it would just be enough to delay the soldiers giving his people enough time to escape. However, starvation, casualties, and his genuine concern for the women, children, and elderly of his tribe forced him to surrender at Fort Robinson at Nebraska. As a result, the Cheyenne were forced into the Indian reservation.
Dull Knife (aka Morning Star) - Return to the Homeland
His people however were not happy or at least satisfied with their situation saying that if ever they would die, they would do so in their homeland. This placed Dull Knife in a personal conflict especially after the peace that they are already experiencing, but he obliged, because he knew that it is also what he wanted. Dull Knife led his people in a 1,500 mile long journey back to their homeland, where his people wanted to live. This happened in 1878. Just over a year after he surrendered, but the retreat did not come easy and it was not as successful as they hoped it would.
Dull Knife (aka Morning Star) - More Battles, the Surrender
Along their way towards their ancestral land, they met battles with American forces at Turkey Springs, in Indian Territory, Bluff Creek, Sand Creek, and Punished Women’s Fork in Kansas. They surrendered once more after just over a month of trying and were imprisoned at Fort Robinson, but escaped once more. For ten days they lived in terrible conditions before, on January 9, 1879, they stumbled upon Pine Ridge Agency which was at South Dakota. Many months later the Northern Cheyenne were given a reservation in Montana.
The Death of Dull Knife (aka Morning Star)
Towards the end of his life, Dull Knife lived in South Montana, which was near his birth place. He was in the company of his son, Bull Hump. He died in 1883 and his remains was re-interred in Lame Deer, Montana.
The Story of Dull Knife
For additional facts and information refer to the legend and the Story of Dull Knife.