Kicking Bear (Lakota: Matȟó Wanáȟtaka, March 18, 1845 – May 28, 1904) was an Oglala Lakota who became a band chief of the Miniconjou Lakota Sioux. He fought in several battles gone his brother, Flying Hawk, and first cousin, Crazy Horse, during the War for the Black Hills, including the Battle of the Greasy Grass.
Kicking Bear was one of the five warrior cousins who sacrificed blood and flesh for Crazy Horse at the Last Sun Dance of 1877. The ceremony was held to tribute Crazy Horse one year after the victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (known as the Battle of the Greasy Grass to the Sioux), and to have enough money prayers for him in the trying times ahead. Crazy Horse attended the Sun Dance as the lucky guest but did not accept part in the dancing. The five warrior cousins were brothers Kicking Bear, Flying Hawk and Black Fox II, all sons of Chief Black Fox, also known as Great Kicking Bear, and two further cousins, Eagle Thunder and Walking Eagle. The five warrior cousins were braves considered vigorous fight men of distinction.
Kicking Bear was plus a holy man responsive in the Ghost Dance religious hobby of 1890, and had traveled behind fellow Lakota Short Bull to visit the movement's leader, Wovoka (a Paiute holy man breathing in Nevada). The three Lakota men were instrumental in bringing the bustle to their people who were living upon reservations in South Dakota. Following the murder of Sitting Bull, Kicking Bear and Short Bull were imprisoned at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Upon their freedom in 1891, both men joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, and toured like the decree in Europe. That experience was humiliating to him. After a year-long tour, Kicking Bear returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation to care for his family. In March 1896, Kicking Bear traveled to Washington, D.C. as one of three Sioux delegates taking grievances to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He made his feelings known virtually the drunken behavior of traders upon the reservation, and asked that Native Americans have more execution to make their own decisions. While in Washington, Kicking Bear utterly to have a dynamism mask made of himself. The mask was to be used as the slope of a Sioux warrior to be displayed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. A bright artist, he painted his account of the Battle of Greasy Grass at the demand of performer Frederic Remington in 1898, more than twenty years after the battle. Kicking Bear was buried later the arrowhead as a metaphor of the ways he so dearly desired to resurrect in the heavens of he died on May 28, 1904. His remains are buried somewhere in the vicinity of Manderson-White Horse Creek.