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Wild Bill’s interactions with chiefs topic of next Cody talk

March 19, 2018 GMT

The complex relationships of Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota and Chief Plenty Coups of the Crow with William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody will be explored at the next meeting of The Pahaska Corral of Westerners on March 26.

Hunter Old Elk, of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, will use written documentation, photographs, and museum pieces to explore their intertwined affairs.

The meeting will be held in the Governors Room in the Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming, beginning with a no-host dinner starting at 6 p.m. and followed by the presentation around 7 p.m. The dinner and the presentation are open to the public. Due to limited seating, nonmembers must RSVP by emailing Jeremy Johnston at jeremyj@centerofthewest.org.

Although Buffalo Bill Cody was a renowned Indian Fighter, he was quite friendly with many American Indians. Buffalo Bill noted in his last published autobiography, “The Indian makes a good citizen, a good farmer, a good solider. He is a real American, and all those of us who have come to share with him the great land that was his heritage should do their share toward seeing that he is dealt with justly and fairly, and that his rights and liberties are never infringed by the scheming politician or the short-sighted administration of law.” In 1885, Buffalo Bill recruited Sitting Bull as a star attraction for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. When the Prince of Monaco visited Cody, Wyoming, in 1913, Buffalo Bill invited Plenty Coups to participate in the festivities.

Bía Basaane (Woman Who Leads), Crow/Yakama of the Plains Indian Museum, grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. Her English name is Hunter C. Old Elk. She earned a Bachelor of Art with a focus on Native American history at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Recently, she was selected as a 2017 Fellow for the Western States Arts Federation’s Emerging Leaders of Color.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Jeremy Johnston at 307-578-4032 or at jeremyj@centerofthewest.org.