b. ? 1847 Nebraska. d. 12/02/1913 Oklahoma.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 08/07/1869 Republican River, Kansas.
Co-Rux-Te-Chod-Ish (Mad or Angry Bear) was born circa 1847 in Nebraska, growing up as a Pawnee tribesman. He entered the U.S. Army at Columbus, Nebraska as an Indian Scout. On 8 July 1869, while chasing after a Cheyenne Dog Soldier near the Republican River in Kansas, he was thrown from his horse and was badly injured when another member of his unit shot him by mistake. Frank North’s brother Luther North claimed that, because of the language barrier between the Pawnee and the Army, the name of Mad Bear was confused with the name of another Pawnee Scout, Co-Tux-A-Kah-Wadde (Traveling Bear), who was commended for his actions during the Battle of Summit Springs on 11 July 1869, and Traveling Bear was given a medal mistakenly engraved with Mad Bear’s name. In reality, Mad Bear was not present in the fighting at the Battle of Summit Springs, still recovering from his injury, and Eugene Asa Carr‘s recommendation and the document acknowledging the receipt of the medal (bearing Mad Bear’s English name and an “X” mark for his signature) both reference the actions of Mad Bear, not Traveling Bear. Mad Bear was the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor. Co-Rux-Te-Chod-Ish died on 12 February 1913, at about age 65, and is buried in Oklahoma.
Ran out from the command in pursuit of a dismounted Indian; was shot down and badly wounded by a bullet from his own command.
BURIAL LOCATION: NORTH INDIAN CEMETERY, PAWNEE, OKLAHOMA.
GATE 6 NORTH HILLTOP.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.