Chief Pretty Eagle
One rather well known area near the edge of Bighorn Canyon on the Crow Reservation is Pretty Eagle Point. It is located on top of a mountain overlooking Bighorn Lake -somewhat above the Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center. The story behind this location has to do with the final resting place of Chief Pretty Eagle’s remains.
One Of The Last War Chiefs
He depended on Chief Plenty Coups for diplomatic input. Plenty Coups counseled the Crows to support the United States Indian Bureau when Crow land was threatened. Chief Plenty Coups felt it was better to get along with the US government than to fight them. The Crow had too many enemies with other tribes as there were too few Crows as compared to the others. Pretty Eagle decided it was best to follow this wise counsel.
A Distinctive Burial
This was a great moment in Crow history and one that is still celebrated today among the Crow people. Frequently, offerings are placed on the grave site. The public is only allowed to visit the gravesite by guidance and special permission from the Crow Agency.
Did You Know?
Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...