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Standing Bear war tunic, estimated at $50,000-$60,000 at Thomaston Place.

War tunic of Oglala Sioux chief Standing Bear dating to Little Big Horn makes market debut at Thomaston Place June 29

THOMASTON, ME — The Little Big Horn-era war tunic belonging to battle participant Standing Bear comes to auction for the first time at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries as part of its Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30 Summer Splendor sales. The catalogs are now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

As the chief of the Oglala (Upper Brule) Sioux tribe, Standing Bear led his braves into battle against General George Custer and the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army on June 25–26, 1876. It is believed (and attested to) that this tunic was present at what Native Americans call “the battle of Greasy Grass”, but, due to the 100-degree heat, was not likely worn during the fighting and would have remained at the Sioux encampment.

The tunic was passed on to Luther Standing Bear (1868-1935), the Oglala Sioux leader’s son and a prominent transitional figure in the American Indian movement. Luther was raised in a traditional Sioux oral-history environment but was educated in Pennsylvania at a so-called ‘Indian school.’ He was one of the first Native Americans to document his people’s history in writing, and in English.

Thomaston Place estimates the tunic at $50,000-$60,000.