Author: Roderick Gainer, ANC Curator
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Chief Plenty Coups and the American Indian Tribute to the Unknown

By Roderick Gainer, ANC Curator on 10/29/2021

Chief Plenty Coups, the last traditional chief of the Apsáalooke (Crow) tribe of the Great Plains, was among the distinguished dignitaries at the burial of the World War I Unknown Soldier on November 11, 1921. Chosen to represent American Indian peoples at the funeral service, he presented several culturally significant gifts to the Unknown: a coup stick and lance (originally bundled together) and a war bonnet.

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