Walking Priest was born in 1855 near White Earth in Minnesota Territory. (Jipson, 234) He was the son of Hųgᵋxų́nųga Little Priest.
The name "Walking Priest" would be Hųgᵋmąnįga in Hocąk, but in the one case where a Hocąk name is given for him, he is called, Wank-shick-stock-hi-kaw, which is for Wąkšigᵋstokįga, "He Who Assembles the Men." This name is from wąkšik, "men, people, humans, Indians"; stokį, "to gather, assemble"; and -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. Since this is not likely a clan name, it is probably an honorific name. Like his father, Walking Priest belonged to the Bear Clan.
The 1910 census records that at the time he had had four marriages. His known marriages are:
The 1910 census shows that he owned a farm in the township of Merry in Thurston County, Nebraska.
He passed away on 7 May 1928, probably in Winnebago, Nebraska (1927-28 census), although Jipson says (234) that as of 1921 he had been living in Wisconsin. He is buried at the Winnebago Cemetery, Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska, USA. (Find a Grave)
1919 Indian census; Roll: M595_665; Page: 38; Line: 1; Agency: Winnebago. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Norton William Jipson, Story of the Winnebagoes (Chicago: The Chicago Historical Society, 1923). This is an unpublished typescript.
Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 30 January 2020), memorial page for Walking Priest (1852–6 May 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66586844, citing Winnebago Cemetery, Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by kmapp (contributor 46799577) .