- A noted Sioux warrior and chief of the Hunkpapa tribe. He was born
in 1835 near the forks of the Cheyenne River in North Dakota.
He received his name after fighting all
day in the rain. It had been his habit to paint his face half red
and half black to represent the sun when covered by darkness. The
rain caused his red and black paint to run and his face became streaked.
Rain-in-the-Face went on the warpath many
times, but his first important experience as a warrior was in the attack
on Fort Phil Kearney, Wyoming, in December, 1866, when Captain Fetterman
and his command of eighty men were killed.
Rain-in-the-Face was arrested once by Colonel
Tom Custer, brother of General Custer, and after escaping he swore he would
some day cut out Tom Custer's heart "and eat it." he was with Sitting
Bull at the Custer battle and it was claimed he killed both General Custer
and Tom Custer. he denied killing General Custer, but did admit in
an interview at Coney Island years later that he killed Tom Custer and
cut out his heart. In more sober moments he is said to have denied
Rain-in-the-Face fled to Canada with sitting
Bull, but finally surrendered in 1880.
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