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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Hunkpapa leader who guided his people to victory against Gen. George A. Custer's cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876).

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  • noun 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)

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Examples

  • These were lands the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 guaranteed to the Sioux, and Sitting Bull and other leaders vowed to defend them.

    Between War and Peace

  • These were lands the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 guaranteed to the Sioux, and Sitting Bull and other leaders vowed to defend them.

    Between War and Peace

  • “A cold wind blew across the prairie when the last buffalo fell,” lamented Sitting Bull, “. . . a death-wind for my people.”

    Between War and Peace

  • “A cold wind blew across the prairie when the last buffalo fell,” lamented Sitting Bull, “. . . a death-wind for my people.”

    Between War and Peace

  • Sitting Bull was a Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises.

    Sammy Perlmutter: President Obama Publishes Children's Book

  • The guns would not have “staggered about” from weariness after a forced long march, as Sitting Bull describes our soldiers to have done.

    The Gun

  • In some ways Powers's decision to withhold judgment is a wonderful thing, but in his quest for balance he glosses over the fact that, while Crook might have been fighting for his pride and his command, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Red Cloud were fighting for their lives.

    Tricked, trapped and defeated

  • Sitting Bull was a Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises.

    Sammy Perlmutter: President Obama Publishes Children's Book

  • In some ways Powers's decision to withhold judgment is a wonderful thing, but in his quest for balance he glosses over the fact that, while Crook might have been fighting for his pride and his command, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Red Cloud were fighting for their lives.

    Tricked, trapped and defeated

  • Modern historians portray him as his own people did during the years of the late 1860s and early 1870s: as the leading war chief of the allied tribes of the Lakota, teamed with Sitting Bull, the leading political and spiritual chief.

    A Sioux War Chief and His Many Enemies

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