Chief Little Wound Chief Little Wound & family
For nearly a century, Little Wound School has been a leader at providing a quality education grounded in Lakota culture and history. Named in honor of Chief Little Wound and his son, George, today our school educates about 900 students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Chief Little Wound was a renowned leader of the Kiyuksu (Bear People) clan of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Riding alongside Crazy Horse in the Battle of Greasy Grass and counting coup in other late nineteenth century encounters, Little Wound was recognized for showing compassion and generosity toward his people. Traveling to Washington, D.C., he advocated for the rights of the Lakota people. His son, George, inherited this cause and lobbied for a new school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. George Little Wound wanted an alternative to the boarding schools that many children were forced to attend: a school where students could learn their own history, culture, and language. In the early twentieth century, our school was established and named in both of their honor.