Black Kettle


Black Kettle (Mo-ta-vato/Mo'ohtavetoo'o, l. c. 1803-1868) was a chief of the Southern Cheyenne who became famous as a "peace chief" – seeking peaceful relations with the US government – as opposed to war chiefs such as Roman Nose (Cheyenne warrior). Even so, all Black Kettle's efforts were betrayed, and he was killed in the Washita Massacre in 1868.

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  • c. 1803 - 1868
    Life of Southern Cheyenne chief Black Kettle.
  • 1851
    Black Kettle signs the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1851.
  • 1854
    Black Kettle loses his first wife to a raid by Ute warriors; marries Medicine-Woman-Hereafter.
  • 1854
    Black Kettle becomes a chief of the Southern Cheyenne and member of the Council of Forty-Four.
  • 1861
    Black Kettle signs the Treaty of Fort Wise of 1861.
  • 1863
    Black Kettle, possibly, is among the peace delegation sent to Washington, D.C.
  • 1864
    Black Kettle's camp is attacked and 150 killed in the Sand Creek Massacre.
  • 1868
    Black Kettle and his wife, and 60-150 others, are killed in the Washita Massacre.