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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

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  • 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)


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  • “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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Sammy Perlmutter: President Obama Publishes Children's Book

  • The wiser Sioux leaders, like Spotted Tail and Red Cloud, saw how it must end and made peace, but that solved nothing while the real Ishmaels like Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse remained beyond the pale.


  • Since they were well-behaved and powerful chiefs, the government chose to regard them as spokesmen for the whole Sioux nation, conveniently forgetting that most of the tribes were roaming wild in the Powder River country farther west, under the likes of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, "but if they are so intractable and foolish as not to meet us, on their own heads be it," says Allison smugly.


  • As Sitting Bull said "Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for."

    Where will the bailout money come from?

  • This inaction by Sitting Bull allowed McLaughlin to find the perfect reason to arrest him for breaking the law.

    Tim Giago: December a Sad Month for the Lakota


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