Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Several genuine Native Americans dot the cast of Universal's The Great Sioux Uprising. The scene is the frontier outpost of Laramie Junction, where livery stable owner Joan Britton (Faith Domergue) and rancher Stephen Cook (Lyle Bettger) carry on a friendly rivalry while trading horses with the cavalry. On friendly terms with the local Sioux, Joan hopes to persuade the tribe to sell some of its ponies to the military. Cook's method is more direct: he and his men steal the horses, then sell them for a 100% profit. Into this situation rides ex-Union medical officer Jonathan Westgate (Jeff Chandler), who promises Apache chief Red Cloud (John War Eagle) that he'll track down the rustlers. Westgate also organizes the local ranchers to sell their horses to the military, thereby undercutting the duplicitous Cook. Complications arise when Stand Waite, an Apache officer in the Confederate army, tries to persuade his tribesmen to join the Southern cause. All the various plotlines converge in the climactic uprising, which is shown to be the by-product of white greed.
Native-American, settler, army, attack, bad-guy, chief, deal [agreement], distrust, doctor/nurse, frame-up, good-guy, go-west-young-man, help, horse, injury, justice, moving, name-clearing, officer, peacemaker, promise, ranch, rustler, selling, surgery, tactics, town, troops, uprising, warpath, Yankee [Northerner]