1834–90, American Indian warrior: leader of the Hunkpapa; victor at Little Bighorn, 1876.
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How to use Sitting Bull in a sentence
Since he was a young boy, Willerslev, a professor at Cambridge and head of the Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre at the University of Copenhagen, saw Sitting Bull as a hero for his courage and drive.
He told Reuters that the study confirms what he’s been saying for years about his relationship to Sitting Bull.
The results, published in the journal Science Advances, conclude Ernie LaPointe, 73, of South Dakota, is the closest living descendant of Sitting Bull, who died more than 130 years ago.
In Fort Yates, North Dakota, are Sitting Bull’s birth site and Standing Rock Monument.
Without meat, Sitting Bull gave up his dream of independence and asked the Canadian government for rations.
By early 1881, Sitting Bull was the chief of only a small band of mostly older and sick people.
After a period of confinement, Sitting Bull was assigned to the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota in 1883.
On May 5, 1877, Sitting Bull led his warriors to refuge in Canada after the Battle of Little Big Horn.
The band found plenty of buffalo and Sitting Bull could rest and play with his children in peace.
But among the many who never made any promise to behave was a powerful medicine chief known as "Sitting Bull."
But Sitting Bull's friends rushed to his assistance and a fierce hand-to-hand encounter took place.
This dance was instigated by Sitting Bull, who had returned to the reservation eleven years previous.
We were side by side when we rushed the point of that hill in the Sitting Bull fight last fall; remember that, Ermine?John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington
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
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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Cultural definitions for Sitting Bull
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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