Alexander Wuttunee Decoteau was a Cree Aboriginal born on the Red
Pheasant Reserve near North Battleford, Saskatchewan on November 19th,
1887. His family
name was most likely “Dakota” originally. His father (Peter Decoteau)
was one of Poundmaker’s warriors at the battle of Cut Knife Hill on May
2, 1885. His mother was from the Wuttunee family, whose descendents
included lawyers and university professors.
On February 3, 1891, the death of his father caused Decoteau to attend
the Battleford Industrial School in Saskatchewan. He participated in and
excelled at boxing, cricket soccer and running.