Cheyenne chief who led a failed resistance to U.S. expansion in the mid-1860s. Roman Nose was, in many ways, a good example of the kind of Native American chief who became increasingly common in the late 19th century: he was wily, aggressive, and almost as frightening to his own followers as he was to his enemies. Roman Nose led raids on white settlements on Cheyenne land, and at one point he contemplated murdering U.S. government negotiators, choosing not to only because he knew doing so would effectively wipe out the Cheyenne tribe. Although Roman Nose participated in peace talks with the U.S., he later led a group of soldiers against the U.S. military, and was shot in the ensuing battle.
Roman Nose Character Timeline in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
The timeline below shows where the character Roman Nose appears in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Powder River Invasion
Chapter 7: “The Only Good Indian Is a Dead Indian”
...with the Native Americans, General Hancock marched his men out to the Cheyennes’ settlement. Worried, Roman Nose led his soldiers to defend the village. He boasted that he would “ride out alone... (full context)
...General Sheridan to find and destroy Native American camps. The hunters rushed to meet with Roman Nose . Roman Nose ordered for Cheyenne and Sioux warriors to prepare for battle. The next... (full context)
...fight the Battle of Beecher’s Island. They boasted about killing “hundreds of redskins,” and celebrated Roman Nose ’s death. The battle broke the Cheyennes’ resistance, and many of them migrated south. Meanwhile,... (full context)