New Red Cloud Biography Reckons With His Controversial Legacy

Nov 13, 2015

Historian John McDermott's biography on Red Cloud was published by South Dakota Historical Society Press in 2015.
Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press


One of the most controversial figures in the history of the American West is Ogalala chief Red Cloud. To some a brilliant warrior and politician, to others, to blame for the Ogalala’s loss of the Black Hills. Now, there’s a new biography called Red Cloud: Ogalala Legend.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards talked with research historian John McDermott about how the Ogalala ended up in Wyoming, and why giving up these lands meant the end of their way of life.