Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 7th, 2006
Was Chiye-tanka killed at Slim Buttes?
From speaking with people in the midst of the Pine Ridge situation, it appears clear that placing a rumor out there that a Bigfoot had been killed may have been someone’s idea of a joke. People there feel it is false.
I was told overnight, for example: “This is a small rez and it would be very hard to keep something like Bigfoot being killed ‘hush hush.’”
Please examine the following timeline I’ve created as a key to the sightings. It develops that the events of August 6, 2006, which were reported to have begun at 1:20 a.m., took place at the Oliver Red Cloud home (a detail not released until now). This is one of the names mentioned for the supposed smudging of the Bigfoot allegedly shot last Tuesday, August 1, 2006.
Someone on or near the Pine Ridge Reservation who started the Bigfoot kill rumor must be familiar enough with the real local people’s names to place them in this created fiction. Until someone shows all of us the body, I think this rumor may have to end up in the “soon-to-be-emptied” trash file. It seems to be getting rather full of late.
Timeline: Oglala Lakota Sioux Encounters with Chiye-tanka (Bigfoot) at Pine Ridge
Ancient to Present: Chiye-tanka or The Big Man is mentioned, including references by anthropologists and journalists in works about the Lakota, e.g. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (NY: Viking, 1980).
1990s: During frequent visitations by one (?) Bigfoot reportedly 7-9 feet tall, it leaves footprints that are 18 inches long, 7 inches wide.
2005: Locals see Bigfoot.
Late July 2006: Eyewitnesses see Bigfoot peering into windows on the reservation.
July 28, 2006: 11:30 pm – People again view Bigfoot looking into windows. Bigfoot said to be as tall as the gutters on buildings.
July 29-30, 2006: Overnight – Bigfoot’s eyeshine appears in police unit’s headlights. Police see Bigfoot.
August 1, 2006: 2:00-2:30 am – Woman reports dogs barking, bad odor nearby. Police officer responses and sights Bigfoot.
August 1, 2006: Alleged night of the shooting of Bigfoot near the Slim Buttes area. Several medicine men including Wilmer Mesteth, Oliver Red Cloud and Tom (?) Janis invited by the police, smudge the body with burning sage and cedar, and say prayers. Body is wrapped up and taken to the lab at the School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. Definite rumor; probably hoax or prank story.
August 4, 2006: Night – Several young women see Bigfoot.
August 6, 2006: 1:20-1:55 am – Near Oliver Red Cloud’s home, a woman reports a “tall, dark, smelly, hairy man” (Bigfoot) on the road. Police arrive, dogs give chase, and return scared.
Check in to discover what happens next regarding these Bigfoot sightings in South Dakota….