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  • On the side of highway 212 in Busby MT is a memorial to the Cheyenne Chief Two Moons. It was erected by a white trader who understood Two Moons' commitment and importance to his tribe. Right next to the memorial is a humble pile of stones where his bones are laid. This memorial to the Chief sits atop a tiny, windy hill along side the highway that runs through Lame Deer Reservation. The sound of the wind, like a song from the past, sings the melody of the song of the traffic along the road. You can't happen upon this grave unless you are looking up while driving or following a map. He's prominent but humble, even in death.

    Two Moons and his Lakota friend have been giving my partner and me the story of their friendship (works in process), and we have been returning the favor. Last winter, the foundation we established took up a collection to send gloves and hats to the kids on their reservations. We filled 25 boxes with winter gear donated or bought with donated funds. We fed a youth culture camp last summer as well. Our lives have been transformed by the man beneath the rocks in Busby.

    "Cheyenne Native American Chief. His name was Ishaynishus, which means "Two Moon". He was a participant in many battles who fought with Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull against the whites. He was at the Rosebud fight against General Crook and was present at the Battle of Little Big Horn. His last battle was at Wolf Mountain sometimes called Battle at Pyramid Butte where his band surrendered to General Miles at Fort Keogh in April, 1877. He was also the model used by James Fraser for the Buffalo Nickel portrait." (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
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