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Chief Standing Bear
1868? - 1939

Left is Chief Standing Bear (as 'Chief Last Elk') in a screen capture from Chapter 1 of the Tom Mix serial, THE MIRACLE RIDER (Mascot, 1935).

The Aktá Lakota Museum and Cultural Center in South Dakota has a biography of Luther Standing Bear - he was born 1868 at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to an Oglala Lakota family.

He was educated at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and in the early 1900s, he toured with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. In his later years, he was a noted lecturer, teacher, and author on Native American culture and history. He appeared in some silent and sound films, generally portraying a Native American. He also was technical advisor on a few films.

According to his death certificate, Luther Standing Bear was Sioux; born about 1860 at the Sioux Reservation, Fort Robinson, Nebraska; was widowed; and lived in Hungtington Park, Los Angeles County, California. He passed away on February 20, 1939 due to myocarditis and coronary heart disease. Funeral director was Pierce Bros. and burial at Hollywood Cemetery.

Photo and death notice for Chief Luther Standing Bear in the February 22, 1939 Hollywood Citizen-News. Excerpt: "Cecil DeMille sent Standing Bear home Monday from the 'Union Pacific' set at Paramount, when he noticed the chief was ill. Later, Standing Bear died from a heart attack ...":

Death notice for Chief Luther Standing Bear in the February 23, 1939 Carlisle, Pennsylvania The Sentinel newspaper. Notes that he was Sioux and educated at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School:

Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Chief Luther Standing Bear (1868 - 1939) at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park, Los Angeles:

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Chief Standing Bear:

Carlisle Indian School student record on Luther Standing Bear:

The Santa Clarita Valley History website has a 1920s photo of Chief Standing Bear and William S. Hart:

Wikipedia biography of Luther Standing Bear:

The Indian Actors Association was founded by Luther Standing Bear:

William F. Cody Archive, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and University of Nebraska-Lincoln has photos and articles about Luther Standing Bear.
Large photo postcard circa 1903 of Standing Bear:
This link will take you to their search page:

Aktá Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, Chamberlain, South Dakota, has a bio on Luther Standing Bear:

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is Tom Mix's daughter Ruth Mix (as 'Wa-No-Na'), and right center is Chief Thunder Cloud (Victor Daniels) in FIGHTING PIONEERS (Resolute, 1935), one of a quartet of sagebrush adventures starring Rex Bell, Ruth Mix and Buzz Barton. On the left edge is Chief Standing Bear (as 'Black Hawk') and on the far right is Guate Mozin (as 'Crazy Horse').

(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Left to right in this screen capture are Yakima Canutt (as 'Snake'), Chief Standing Bear (as 'Chief Yellow Wolf') and George Chesebro (as 'Cherokee Charlie') from CYCLONE OF THE SADDLE (Weiss/Superior, 1935) which starred Rex Lease.

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