Crazy Horse The Strange Man of the Oglalas. Paperback by Mari Sandoz. Crazy Horse, the legendary military leader of the Oglala Sioux whose personal power and social nonconformity contributed to his reputation as being “strange”, fought in many famous battles, including the Little Bighorn, and held out tirelessly against the U.S. governments’s efforts to confine the Lakotas to reservations. Finally, in the spring of 1877 he surrendered, only to meet a violent death. More than a century later Crazy Horse continues to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of his people.