from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American people constituting a subdivision of the Teton Sioux, formerly inhabiting an area from the western Dakotas to southeast Montana, with a present-day population along the border between North and South Dakota. The Hunkpapa figured prominently in the resistance to white encroachment on the northern Great Plains.
  • n. A member of this people.

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  • n. a Siouan language spoken by the Hunkpapa
  • n. a member of the Siouan people who constituted a division of the Teton Sioux and who formerly lived in the western Dakotas; they were prominent in resisting the white encroachment into the northern Great Plains


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  • As are Cherokees and the Lakota, Dakota, Mincajou, Hunkpapa — and all the others, since 1924.

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  • Sitting Bull, for example, was a member of the Sioux tribe, but his affiliation was with the Lakota, or western division, also known as Teton, and his specific band was Hunkpapa.


  • It was Reno, obeying orders, coming full tilt towards the Hunkpapa circle along the bank with a hundred-odd riders.


  • The size of the village itself has been variously estimated at from three to five miles long; bearing in mind that the Little Bighorn is an extremely winding river, and that its course varies slightly today from that of 1876, it seems unlikely that the distance from the Hunkpapa camp at the upstream end of the village to the Cheyenne at its other extremity was more than a bare three miles. [p. 305] 72.


  • There was a slow general drift upstream-that, I'm told, is where Sitting Bull's camp circle of Hunkpapa was, with the other tribal groups strung out downstream, ending with the Cheyenne at the bottom limit, out of sight to my left as I peeped towards the river.


  • If I'd known then that the speaker was Gall, the Hunkpapa chief I mentioned earlier, I might have been impressed, but probably not, for there was only one of the half-dozen who claimed attention.


  • Somewhere on the right, away towards the Hunkpapa circle, there was a soft mutter of sound, a rustle as of distant voices growing, and then a shout, and then more shouting, and the low throb of a drum.


  • "Make my bells ring again ..." oh, yes indeed, ma'am ... and the nightmare-the screams and shots and war-whoops as Gall's Hunkpapa horde came surging through the dust, and George Custer squatting on his heels, his cropped head in his hands as he coughed out his life, and the red-and-yellow devil's face screaming at me from beneath the buffalo-scalp helmet as the hatchet drove down at my brow ...


  • Sherman Bear Ribs, Jr., stood at the counter in my office last week at the Native Sun News and we talked about one of the great Hunkpapa Chiefs, his great, great grandfather named Bear Ribs.

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  • He was a famous medicine man and leader of the Hunkpapa band of the Teton Sioux Indians.

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