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1834–90, American Indian warrior: leader of the Hunkpapa; victor at Little Bighorn, 1876.

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British Dictionary definitions for Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull

noun

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

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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