Abraham Bull Head, Eagle Butte, 1922

Abraham Bull Head


Abraham Bull Head photo


Abraham Bull Head p. 2


These documents and photograph are all from Record Group 75, National Archives, Kansas City, Missouri. All materials are in the public domain. They are posted here to make them available to people who would not otherwise have access. They are also posted in order to educate and inform regarding the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in 1922, South Dakota. Take note that this post is for Abraham Bull Head of the Eagle Butte District.  There are more Cherry Creek District surveys. I thought it might be good to offer documents from other districts as well.


  1. Tom Curnow (Archie Wells Grandson) said,

    December 22, 2010 at 2:52 am

    My name is Tom Curnow. my grandfather was Archie Wells, He was the Agent in Eagle Butte from 1907 or so until he retired in 1939. He passed away in 1953 here in California. My mother Wanda Wells was born on April 16th 1916. She was born in Mobridge and lived in Eagle Butte until she went to college. I have photos and artifacts from my Grandfather’s days in Eagle Butte, but sure would like to know more of the history of that time. If you have such please email me at tomcurnow@aol.com thank you 12-21-10

    • December 22, 2010 at 3:42 am

      Hello Tom Curnow. I have sent you email. Welcome to my blogcasa. I know Archie Wells ‘by name’. Peace.

  2. artistatexit0 said,

    October 1, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Is it usual to have photos too with these documents? I wonder how old Abraham Bull Head lived to be?

    • October 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Al. It’s unusual to even have a complete set of these documents–or a complete set of anything from the Cheyenne River Indian Agency. I am not being glib here at all. Apparently these social surveys–a form of yearly census–were done every year. I’ve come across parts of some other years. But this 1922 survey is the only complete set I have seen so far. Photographs were taken of each ‘home’ and often of the families–except for Cherry Creek for which are are very few photographs and even fewer with people in them. I think the reason is that Cherry Creek District was primarily full blooded Traditional Lakota people who weren’t exactly inclined to be photographed.
      There’s a lot I wonder about the people in this survey–for many reasons. Thanks for your interest.

  3. September 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Leslie, I wonder all the time about all the Living History embodied in the memories of all these people.

  4. lesliepaints said,

    September 30, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Think of what this man must have witnessed and lived thru in his lifetime. Amazing.

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