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n. pl. Hunkpapa or Hunk·pa·pas
A member of a Native American people constituting a subdivision of the Lakota, formerly inhabiting an area from the western Dakotas to southeast Montana, with a present-day population along the border between North and South Dakota. The Hunkpapa figured prominently in the resistance to white encroachment on the northern Great Plains.
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Noun1.Hunkpapa - a member of the Siouan people who constituted a division of the Teton Sioux and who formerly lived in the western Dakotas; they were prominent in resisting the white encroachment into the northern Great Plains
Lakota, Teton, Teton Dakota, Teton Sioux - a member of the large western branch of Sioux people which was made up of several groups that lived on the plains
2.Hunkpapa - a Siouan language spoken by the Hunkpapa
Siouan language, Siouan - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Sioux
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This was the reserve set up to accommodate members of Sitting Bull's band of Hunkpapas just 20 miles from the U.
The Seven Council Fires that comprised the Lakotas (Oglalas, Brules, Minneconjous, Hunkpapas, Two Kettles, Shiasapas, and Sans Arcs) migrated westward to avoid conflict with other tribes or to tap richer hunting grounds.
The Tetons are comprised of the bands of Oglalas (Wanderers), Brules' (Burnt-Thighs), San Arcs (No Bows), Hunkpapas (They who camp by Themselves), and Minneconjous (Those who Plant by the Water), according to Richard I.
Because the oval shape objective presents only a small area to the Tetons, the assault line started to channel in toward the center forcing Rain-in-the-Face and the Hunkpapas to slow down, pushing them deeper into the formation.
Rain-in-the-Face was a young "company grade" chief of the Hunkpapa band.
Hundreds of Hunkpapas, Sitting Bull's people, fled and took refuge in the Ghost Dance communities or at the Pine Ridge agency.
An indeterminate number of Hunkpapas had defied the Indian police
Why the Hunkpapas surrendered to Hurst apparently turned on
Hurst was a known entity to at least some of the Hunkpapas and certainly
trustworthiness and good faith with the Hunkpapas, who, for their part,
War with enemy tribes preoccupied the Hunkpapas, however, and the young Sitting Bull quickly acquired the skills of the warrior, counting his first coup at age fourteen.
Author of several highly acclaimed books on both Indian and frontier military topics, Utley marshals his considerable talents as writer and researcher to tell the story of Sitting Bull, chief of the Hunkpapa Sioux and one of the greatest Indian leaders of all times.