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Sitting Bull

1834–90, American Indian warrior: leader of the Hunkpapa; victor at Little Bighorn, 1876. Unabridged
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  • We feel the zeal of a Sitting Bull when we think of their scalps.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Would it not be more fitting to have a statue of Sitting Bull?

    The 1926 Tatler Various
  • Sitting Bull, who commanded the Indians, was a Sioux chief and was born about 1837.

  • Sitting Bull, with all his force, was directly between them and Crook.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • Most important of the leaders of these bands was Sitting Bull.

    The Last American Frontier

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
British Dictionary definitions for Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull

Indian name Tatanka Yotanka. ?1831–90, American Indian chief of the Teton Dakota Sioux. Resisting White encroachment on his people's hunting grounds, he led the Sioux tribes against the US Army in the Sioux War (1876–77) in which Custer was killed. The hunger of the Sioux, whose food came from the diminishing buffalo, forced his surrender (1881). He was killed during renewed strife
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Sitting Bull in Culture

Sitting Bull definition

A Native American leader of the Sioux tribe in the late nineteenth century. He was a chief and medicine man when 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 the Little Bighorn in 1876, when the Sioux decisively defeated the cavalry led by Colonel George Custer. (See Custer's last stand.)

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