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Breaking Bigfoot News: Pine Ridge Reservation

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 30th, 2006

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Word-of-mouth news is coming out of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota that there’s been at least a couple new sightings of Sasquatch there. None of these have been reported in the local or national media.

Reports in late July 2006, tell of police responding to sightings of a large individual (like Bigfoot) peering in windows. One officer saw the thing himself near a creek and wanted a camera to take a photograph, but no camera was available.

Then on July 28, 2006, another report of a large individual (like Bigfoot) is heard on a police scanner, peering once again in the windows of the same buildings, around 11:30 pm. The officer interviewed the reporting party, and was told the creature’s head was even with the gutter of the building. There appears to still be activity in the Pine Ridge Reservation area as I type these words.

Thanks to Donovan Lone Hill, a resident of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, for bringing this breaking news to my attention.

The region has a long tradition of Bigfoot encounters. In recent years, since the mid-1990s, this Oglala band of the Lakota Sioux area has been visited by at least one specific Bigfoot, said to be seven to nine feet tall, with footprints measuring 18 inches long and 7 inches wide. It walks upright with a slight bend in its back.

Among the Lakota, the Sasquatch is called “Chiye-tanka” or “The Big Man.”

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


11 Responses to “Breaking Bigfoot News: Pine Ridge Reservation”

  1. Dudlow responds:

    Interesting. Here in Canada, perhaps because of the storm of controversy and ridicule surrounding the Norway House (Manitoba) sighting(s) last year, it seems that Native communities may have become wary of reporting Sasquatch activity to the media. If so, who can blame them?

    I am told (hearsay) that currently there is ongoing encounter activity in at least one Northern Ontario Native community as well, but the media seems to have been kept out of the loop. Maybe this is a good thing for all concerned.

  2. greywolf responds:

    When the press and the armchair news junkies stop ridiculing those who speak up about what they have seen then we can get some real research done and investigate sightings sooner.

    For now keep the press out of it.

  3. shumway10973 responds:

    I agree, even if they take it seriously, think about the general public. If they don’t scoff and make fun at us and the idea of big foot, then an unknown number may flock to the area and at the very least chase off whatever or whoever may be there.

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    There will be no great wave of people flocking to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Besides the nature of accomodations being in short supply, and the rural setting of such a journey (it’s not a tourist mecca), people coming into the area are closely watched by a federal government that is not interested in another take-over as occurred in 1973, at Wounded Knee, SD.

    Bigfoot hunters coming to the Pine Ridge Reservation will stick out like a sore thumb.

  5. eyeofnewt responds:

    In fact, if memory serves–and the Bords are correct–sightings in this general area date from the mid-1970s.

  6. Sky King responds:

    Loren Coleman Says:
    July 30th, 2006 at 9:30 am

    There will be no great wave of people flocking to the Pine Ridge Reservation.

    Not the least because this reservation is one of the most miserable poverty pockets in all of America. If the Ogala can parlay this into a little cash, who could begrudge it of them?

  7. Dudlow responds:

    You are so right, Sky King, about “parlay (ing it) into a little cash”. It seems at times that there are so many competing interests that Squatchy couldn’t possibly come out the winner.

  8. RBerning responds:

    Among the siuox tribes Bigfoot is a spiritual being that one sees from time to time and shouldn’t be bothered. It is responsible for plants that are medicinal or sacred. Local lore tells of many spottings around nebraska but you wont hear it unless you are trusted among the people.

  9. windsage responds:

    I lived in Porcupine, SD last year, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. My relatives had many sightings of bigfoot. They were afraid of it. My nephew saw it looking into the window of my house where he was spending the night. We went outside to check, and the window is about seven feet off the ground. My sister in law saw it one time at night riding in a car, when they turned the corner and the headlights flashed on it. Nobody there is trying to make money off this. They know it is a spirit being, half in this world, half in the spirit world, that’s why you don’t ever see any bones. Those bigfoot stink bad, you can smell them sometimes out in the country, at night. I heard many stories of bigfoot. Maybe some of them were made up stories, but usually the lakota people don’t fool around with lying about spirits–that would come back on you in a bad way.

  10. superd responds:

    You’re right rberning, you have to build trust, before they will say anything, and yes, they’re not looking for monetary gain when they do tell you.

  11. twblack responds:

    Well we will find the big guy somewhere maybe here.



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