Private Pierre Cruzatte was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He was of French and Omaha tribe Indian heritage. He enlisted with Lewis and Clark on May 16, 1804, at St. Charles, Missouri. Cruzatte had formerly been a trader on the Missouri River for the Chouteau fur interests. He could speak the Omaha language and was skilled in sign language, so was of valuable assistance to the captains at the Indian councils and encounters with the tribes on the lower Missouri. He was a small man, wiry, and had one eye. Like the other enlisted men, he was awarded extra pay and a 320-acre (1.3 km2) land warrant after the expedition’s return.