John War Eagle

John St Pierre, a.k.a. John War Eagle (1902 — February 7, 1991) was a Yankton Sioux film and television actor. He was born and raised on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota.[2][3]

John War Eagle
DiedFebruary 7, 1991(1991-02-07) (aged 88–89)
Other names
  • Chief John War Eagle[1]
  • Chief John Eagle[1]
  • John Wareagle[1]
Years active1932–1977[1]


Between 1932 and 1977 — sometimes credited as Chief John War Eagle, Chief John Eagle or John Wareagle — he appeared in twenty-eight films, mostly in uncredited roles, and twenty-six television productions.[1]

His roles include appearing as Red Cloud in the historical, western-drama film Tomahawk (1951), starring Van Heflin, a role he reprised in 1953 in historical, western-drama film The Great Sioux Uprising, starring Jeff Chandler. He also played Chief Sitting Bull in the Disney family, adventure, western-drama film Tonka (1958), the story of a young Sioux boy, played by Sal Mineo on the brink of adulthood who tries to tame a wild stallion to prove his courage and strength.

War Eagle also appeared as Wolf's Brother in Disney western-drama film Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956) & in “The Jeremy Dow Story” (S4E14) as revengeful “Chief Iron Hand” in the TV Western Wagon Train (1960).


  1. ^ a b c d e Database (undated). "Filmography by Type for John War Eagle". The Internet Movie Database. Accessed September 8, 2010.
  2. ^ News Report, collected issues 66-97, p. 6, University of South Dakota Institute of Indian Studies, 1976, p. 6
  3. ^ The Indian Historian, collected volumes 11-13, American Indian Historical Society, 1978, p. 53

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