1922 Cherry Creek Name Index, Cheyenne River Indian Reservation

1922 Cherry Creek Survey Name Index

Cherry Creek Index p.2

Cherry Creek Index, p.3

Cherry Creek Index, p.4

This 1922  list is an ‘index’ of all the names of heads of families in the Cherry Creek district of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.  The numbers indicate the order of the interview/visit/survey –not page number. The scans of the original documents (All are available for public access at the Kansas City branch of the National Archives in Record Group 75) are those of the statistical versions because these contain information regarding the names, ages, and whereabouts of wives and children.  The narrative versions generally contain all the information on the second page that is presented in sentences/paragraphs.  

If you are interested in a specific family name for which I have not yet posted a survey please feel free to post a request.

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  1. March 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Fascinating! Since my father passed away in December, I’ve been looking at records from his side of the family, many dating back to the 1800′s. To realize that each name on a record such at this represents a life and a story is mind-blowing. So many of the names on this list are beautiful. “Afraid of Lightning.” “Smoky Woman.” “Hard to Kill.” The poet in me wants poems about each of these people.

    I love that memories and lives and ghosts and spirits are extended and brought to us through your work to preserve.

    • March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Bryan. Passings of those near to us do seem to open our perspectivess in intriguing ways. As for those names—oh how I wish they weren’t shortened versions of the actual names. What stories they each tell. Part of this is work to preserve, part is to honor, and part is build bridges of awareness.
      Oh Smokey Woman—can you imagine what’s behind such a name???
      I think you can, Bryan. I do indeed.

  2. March 19, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Awesome names. From someone named Bob, you could see why I am totally jealous of these names. “Self Esteem,” how cool is that. Thanks for sharing.

    • March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

      So jealous Bob, why don’t you ‘take’ a name you can revel in? Hmm? What’s stopping you?

  3. Diana said,

    May 18, 2010 at 1:00 am

    This is so interesting. My great grandfather Ira Spurling had a store in Cherry Creek in 1916, and I have photos of some of these people. Are you getting these documents online somewhere or in person? Do you have a link? I would love to see more of Cherry Creek.

    Thanks for posting this.

    • May 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Diana, sorry to take so long to reply. Everything posted here regarding Cherry Creek is from the National Archives in Kansas City, MO–Record Group 75–some of it from the FRC boxes for the Cheyenne River Indian Agency. The documents and photos posted here are from scans I’ve made of the materials.
      Thanks for making contact!
      I’ll try to post more material soon.

  4. Diana said,

    May 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    The people I have photos of are Jack Bull Eagle, Amos Charging First, Old Man Fish Guts, Mrs. Charlie Red Horse, Tom Blue Eyes with his first daughter, White Thunder (Wahkyonska), and of course my family Ira Spurling and his daughters Virginia, Ruth, and Doris. I’m especially interested in photos. Do you have more?

    You might also want to email these things to the people at http://www.dupreesd.com/
    You can read the paragraph about how they are publishing a book for the county’s centennial.

    • May 31, 2010 at 10:45 am

      Hi Diana. Sorry for the long delay in responding. But life outside of blogland has been a tad hectic of late for moi. Still am very glad to make contact with you and the information you offer. There are more photos from 1922 at the National Archives. I’ve scanned only a portion of the materials. There are more photos at NARA–few of which identify the people in them. Considering your Ira Spurling do you have photos or information regarding the long time school teacher at Cherry Creek- John Carson?
      Thank you so much for making contact!!!!

  5. Diana said,

    May 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I just posted a letter my great grandmother wrote describing the 4th of July Celebration at Cherry Creek, SD, in 1922.


  6. Diana said,

    May 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Hello again,

    I just contacted Connie at the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe to email them photos that my family had. You might want to send these documents for their archives too. Their email is archivist(at)lakotanetwork(dot)com.

  7. Diana said,

    May 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Hello again,

    I have the big fat book from 1982 that the Ziebach County Historical Society published, and there is a Mr. Carson in there. I think there is also a photo of him. There is a 1911 picture of the Cherry Creek Indian School class with a white man standing with the students, so maybe that is him. There is also a little story about some things he said. Are you related to him? Do you want me to type it up for you? I don’t have a scanner, but I can take a photo of the photo or scan it later.
    I live in Seattle, so I’m not able to get to the archives. I would be so grateful if you could post more scans from Cherry Creek. Do you already have more? Or do you live near the archives?

    • June 1, 2010 at 1:32 am

      I am not related to John Carson. I ‘know’ him via his correspondence in Record Group 75 in NARA. I very much would like to eventually view the photo you describe whenever you post it. I do plan to post more scans for the Cherry Creek and other districts when I have more time. Thank you for offering to share information and photos. Please continue to post links to your posts on your blog so that others can find the photos and information.

  8. Diana said,

    May 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    P.S. Are you Soiux? I need some help identifying some old Sioux things. Do you know if Sioux shoes were always made of leather? I have some old cloth girl’s shoes that are embroidered and have laces, but they might not be Sioux. They might be from my Connecticut family from 1840. Also, I have a red and white beaded Sioux thing that looks like a luggage tag, but with lots of beaded fringe and with a leather loop at the top. I wonder what it is. Maybe it hung from a pipe or something or maybe it was an ornament worn on clothing.

    • June 1, 2010 at 1:26 am

      Sorry, Diana, I am not Sioux or Lakota. You might get some help identifying these objects from Monika via the link on the side for Owl Tipi Art. Seriously, visit their site and make contact. They live on Cheyenne River Reservation and are artists.

  9. Diana said,

    May 31, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    P.S. again. I don’t know if you saw, but I also posted photos of people from Cherry Creek.


    • June 1, 2010 at 1:27 am

      Yes, I did see. Unfortunately blogspot wouldn’t allow me to post comments. Great photos.

  10. rudy little shield said,

    November 17, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Hi I would just like to say that I myself am a descendant of the Little Shield family and there is alot of them still living in Cherry Creek, there are only a few elders left and they have alot of information about the place i’m pretty sure they would like to share their stories with someone. My father has alot of history behind him, passed down from generations before him, and I like to listen to his stories, so if you would like to hear some of them I will do some research and post some stories, thanks for taking the time to read this.

    • November 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

      Welcome Rudy Little Shield. So very glad you have posted here. I would very very much like to learn your father’s stories. You certainly are welcome to post them here.
      If there is any information from the name index you would like to have posted, please just tell me which family name.

    • Diana said,

      November 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Rudy Little Shield,
      I would love to hear what the elders remember of Cherry Creek history, especially if you have any photos or information about where my great grandfather’s general store was. I’ve looked at modern photos of Cherry Creek on Google maps, and I can’t tell where the store used to be. Was it at the main intersection? I think it burned down in the 1970s, so maybe someone will remember. There is also an old newspaper from Leslie (across the creek) that my great grandfather’s brother wrote for or published. I think they have copies in the South Dakota State Historical Society Archives.


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