Leadership, Accomplishment and Cultural Celebration

Hollow Horn Bear

The Paths of Great Sioux Leaders

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This is the first 14-cent stamp issued by the Post Office Department. Issued in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C., May 1, 1923.

Hollow Horn Bear (Matihehlogego)

Chief of the Sicangu Lakota (Brulé)

Warrior, Diplomatic Statesman, and Orator

Hollow Horn Bear fought for his treaty rights at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. A well-recognized speaker for his people, representing them at treaty negotiations, he was a steadfast negotiator for peace in the face of overwhelming force. “You talk to us very sweet, but you do not mean it. You have not fulfilled any of the old treaties,” he said. He was also chosen to represent his people in negotiations with General George Crook at Rosebud Agency, South Dakota. He traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1905 to take part in President Theodore Roosevelt’s inauguration as representative of his people, and walked in the Woodrow Wilson inaugural parade in 1913. His great appeal as a representative of an American Indian nation resulted in his likeness also appearing on a fourteen-cent stamp and a five-dollar bill.

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Photograph (used in above stamp) taken in 1905 by De Lancey Gill, photographer, Smithsonian Institution. Photograph furnished by the Bureau of Ethnology. Stamp design files, Third Postmaster General's file, Smithsonian National Postal Museum.