Sitting Bull: Defender of His People


Last updated 5/25/2013 at 10:35am

Sitting Bull: Perhaps America’s best-known chief

Arguably the most powerful and perhaps famous of all Native American chiefs, Sitting Bull was born in 1831 in what is now called South Dakota.

A Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux, Sitting Bull led his people as a tribal chief during years of resistance to United States government policies. The son of an esteemed Sioux warrior named Returns-Again, Sitting Bull looked up to his father and desired to follow in his footsteps, but didn’t show a particular talent for warfare. As a result he was called “Slow” for his apparent lack of skills.

At the age of 10, however, he killed his first buffalo. Four...

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