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Name Swift Bear
Born 1820s
Father Lone Dog
Notes See NSHS Archives, RG2969.PH:1-59 for a photograph of Swift Bear, Brule, son of Lone Dog, taken on the Rosebud Reservation by J.A. Anderson. Also see Anderson photo taken in 1894 at the Rosebud Agency, Plate 187, Sioux of the Rosebud.

Swift Bear was born in the 1820s. He was the son of Lone Dog. By 1865, he was the second ranking chief of the Brules. He was second to sign the Treaty of 1866 as a Chief of the Corn Band. He was part of the first Brule delegation to Washington D.C. in 1870. In 1889, he was one of the first to sign away lands at the Council headed by General Crook and Sioux Land Commission. Swift Bear was one of the Chiefs who escorted Crazy Horse to Post Robinson.

See Brule: The Sioux People of the Rosebud by Paul Dyck, 1971, Pg. 94. for a photo of Swift Bear
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Associated Records

Image of 4364-215 - Drum, Round; 4 Point Star; Hoof Design

4364-215 - Drum, Round; 4 Point Star; Hoof Design

One sided drum made of bend wood and rawhide. The drum is stretched over the wood and cinched tightly at the back edges with a thick strip of leather that laces through holes at the edges of the rawhide. Small pegs extend from the sides of the drum. Most of these pegs are broken off and missing. The front of the rawhide is decorated with a 4 Point Star and hoof design applied with dark red pigment.

Image of 4364-294 - Maul Stone, Oval Stone Head; Leather Covered

4364-294 - Maul Stone, Oval Stone Head; Leather Covered

Maul; stone head. Handle is most likely a wooden stick. Stick and stone head are covered with rawhide, with only the face of the stone exposed. The rawhide has pieces of fur still stuck to it and is overall rust colored.

Image of RG1227.PH000010-000007 - Print, Photographic

RG1227.PH000010-000007 - Print, Photographic

Studio photograph of Swift Bear, a Brule Sioux Native American. Taken in July or August of 1873. Done as part of the Blackmore Contract.

Image of RG1227.PH000011-000003 - Print, Photographic

RG1227.PH000011-000003 - Print, Photographic

Photograph of Spotted Tail and a delegation of Brule Sioux at the Fort Laramie Peace Commission in Wyoming. Spotted Tail is the middlemost of the delegation. It is unconfirmed if Young Man Afraid of His Horses is in this picture, though it is possible.

Image of RG2063.PH000007-000004 - Print, Photographic

RG2063.PH000007-000004 - Print, Photographic

This shows a group of Dakota Indians standing with others. They are identified, L to R: Leon F. Palladay (wearing a hat), Fast Bear, Spotted Tail, White Eyes, Swift Bear, Whirlwind Soldier, unidentified, wife of Big Mandan Mule and seated are two daughters of Big Partisan. A fire pit is at their feet and a pot rests in the pit.

Image of RG2063.PH000022-000002 - Print, Photographic

RG2063.PH000022-000002 - Print, Photographic

This is a group portrait of men of the Santee Tribe and whites. They are identified as: 1-Colonel Toney; 2-Sam Howley; 3-David Whale; 4-Chief Swift Bear; 5-D.W.S. Smysor; 6-Chief White Shirt; 7-Nice Voice Eagle; 8-unidentified; 9-Chief Stone Arrow; 10-Captain B.J. Young. They are all dressed nicely, with suits, uniforms and ceremonial clothing.

Image of RG2063.PH000036-000007 - Print, Photographic

RG2063.PH000036-000007 - Print, Photographic

This is a studio portrait of Swift Bear, from the Brule Tribe of the Lakota in South Dakota. He is seated and wears a vest. He holds a fan made from eagle feathers. He also wears a scarf and necklace.

Image of RG2063.PH000039-000014 - Print, Photographic

RG2063.PH000039-000014 - Print, Photographic

This is a photo of Lakota Chief Swift Bear. He is seated in front of a log building. He wears a hat and has a blanket wrapped around his waist. Someone wrote on the image that he was 101 years old.

Image of RG2969.PH000001-000001 - Negative, Glass Plate

RG2969.PH000001-000001 - Negative, Glass Plate

Group of Native American men at the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. Left to right, seated in front row: Thin Elk, Big Head, Picket Pin, Turning Bear, High Bear, Lance, High Pipe, High Hawk, Yellow Hair, Little Thunder, Bear Head, He Dog, Black Bull. Second row, standing: Louis Roubideaux (Interpreter), Whirlwind Soldier, Yellow Horse, Good Voice, White Crane Walking, Pretty Eagle, Ring Thunder, Stranger Horse, Quick Bear, Swift Bear, Poor Dog, Hollow Horn Bear, Crow Dog, Two Strike, Milk, Sky Bull, Stands and Looks Back, Bear Looks Behind, C.P. Jordan (trader). Third row, standing: Blue Eyes, Big Horse, Joe Good Voice. (The list is one name short for the number of men shown. It

Image of RG2969.PH000001-000059 - Negative, Glass Plate

RG2969.PH000001-000059 - Negative, Glass Plate

Chief Swift Bear, son of Lone Dog Black and white studio photograph of Chief Swift Bear seated wearing a woolen jacket and a scarf around his neck. The photograph was taken at the Rosebud Reservation. Swift Bear is the son of Lone Dog. The Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation is located nine miles north of Valentine, Nebraska, in South Dakota.

Image of RG2969.PH000001-000059-1 - Negative, Glass Plate

RG2969.PH000001-000059-1 - Negative, Glass Plate

Chief Swift Bear, son of Lone Dog Black and white studio photograph of Chief Swift Bear seated wearing a woolen jacket and a scarf around his neck. The photograph was taken at the Rosebud Reservation. Swift Bear is the son of Lone Dog. The Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation is located nine miles north of Valentine, Nebraska, in South Dakota. Same image as RG2969.PH000001-000059