Sitting Bull – No Compromise (TV14; 0:50) The U.S. government driven many indigenous tribes to accept treaties and deals, but Lakota Chief Sitting Bull wouldn’t sell his folks outside for a few modern trinkets
Sitting Bull reacted but could just win battles, not the war. He was detained and killed in 1890. Potentially the strongest and possibly well-known of Native American leaders, Sitting Bull was created in 1831 in what’s today called South Dakota.
The son of an esteemed Sioux warrior named Returns-Again, Sitting Bull looked up to his dad and wanted to follow in his footsteps, but did not reveal a special talent for war. As a result he was called “Slow” for his obvious lack of abilities. In the age of 10, yet, he killed his first buffalo. Four years after, he fought honorably in a conflict against a rival family. He was named Tatanka Iyotanka, a Lakota name that describes a buffalo bull sitting on its haunches.
Much of Sitting Bull’s life was shaped by the battles against an enlarging American country. When Sitting Bull was young he was selected as leader of the Strong Heart Society. In June 1863 took up arms from the United States for the very first time. He fought American soldiers again the following year in the Battle of Killdeer Mountain.
In 1865 he directed an assault to the recently built Fort Rice in what’s today called North Dakota. His abilities as a warrior as well as the regard he had earned as a leader of his people led him to become chief of the Lakota country in 1868. Confrontation with American soldiers escalated in the mid-1870s after gold was found in the Black Hills, a holy region to Native Americans the American authorities had acknowledged as their land following the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.
As white prospectors dashed to the Sioux lands, the American authorities tabled the treaty and declared war on any indigenous tribes that kept it from taking within the land. Sitting Bull’s shield of his land was rooted both in the annals of his culture as well as in the destiny he considered expected his folks. At the conclusion of the religious service he told villagers that he’d received a vision where the American military was conquered.
In June 1876, just a couple of days after, the leader led a successful battle against American forces in the Battle of the Rosebud. A week after he was engaged in conflict again, this time against General George Armstrong Custer in the now well-known Battle at Little Bighorn. To escape its wrath, Sitting Bull led his people into Canada, where they stayed for four years.
The pay was more than great—$50 a week to ride once around the stadium—but Sitting Bull immediately grew tired of the performances and life on the road. He was shocked by the poverty he saw in the cities, and coupled with all the hate that has been directed toward him by a few of the show’s crowd members, Sitting Bull made a decision to go back to his folks.
Back home, in a cottage on the Grand River not far from where he had been born, Sitting Bull lived his life without compromise. In 1889 Native Americans started to take up the Ghost Dance, a service geared toward ridding the land of white people and restore the Native American lifestyle. Sitting Bull shortly joined it.
Dreading the strong leader’s influence on the movement, authorities directed a number of Lakota police officers to arrest Sitting Bull. On December 15, 1890, they entered his house. After they pulled Sitting Bull from his cottage, a gunfight followed as well as the leader was shot in the head and killed. In 1953, his remains were moved to Mobridge, South Dakota, where they continue today.