Flag flown at half-staff at Fort Laramie in memory of Lakota woman

Honoring Maynadier & Spotted Tail

This was in the StarHerald on Jan. 31:


In respect for and remembrance of Mary Jane Spotted Tail, the flag flew at half-staff at Fort Laramie National Historic Site on an uncharacteristically calm morning at the Grand Old Fort on Friday. Mary Jane is the direct descendant of Lakota Sioux Chief Spotted Tail and his beloved daughter, Mni Akuwin, who he buried at Fort Laramie in 1866 per her last request.
Mary Jane Spotted Tail was instrumental in having Mni Akuwin re-interred at Fort Laramie NHS in June 2005, and in 2007, with adopting the descendants of Col. Henry Maynadier, commanding officer of the Fort at the time of the original burial, into the Spotted Tail family. A memorial to Mni Akuwin is located on the hill near the hospital ruins, and plans are being made to establish a memorial to Mary Jane at the site by descendents of both…

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