American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Sitting Bull Originally Tantanka Iyotanka. 1834?-1890. Hunkpapa Sioux leader who guided his people to victory against Gen. George A. Custer's cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876).
- n. a chief of the Sioux; took up arms against settlers in the northern Great Plains and against United States Army troops; he was present at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876) when the Sioux massacred General Custer's troops (1831-1890)
“Thousands cheered; Chief Sitting Bull who was specially let out of jail for the purpose formally ceded the hunting lands of his Sioux tribe to the railroad; and the economists declared that Villard’s financial peccadilloes were as nothing compared with his organizing genius.”
“Even the excitement of leading his men among the redskins will be denied him, now that Spotted Tail has pacified the malcontents and Sitting Bull has retired to the Canadas.”
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