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Biographical notes from The Essential Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa): Light on the Indian World (2007)
- Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) was born in a tipi constructed of buffalo hide close to Redwood Falls, Minnesota in 1858. He was the last of four children. His mother died shortly after his birth. She was the granddaughter of the Sioux chief Cloud Man and the daughter of Stands Sacred and a well-known army officer, Seth Eastman.
- When he was a youth, he was given the name Ohiyesa (Oh ee suh) - the Winner. His father's name was Many Lightnings - Tawakanhdeota, a full-blood Sioux, who later took the name Jacob Eastman.
- Eastman was raised in Minnesota by his grandmother. ... He lived the original nomadic life of his people with his uncle and grandmother. His uncle was a well-known hunter and warrior and gave Ohiyesa the traditional training of a young hunter, warrior and member of the tribe. Ohiyesa's knowledge of these skills and spiritual values would later be reflected in his activities and his writings.