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Sitting Bull

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull

Profession: Lakota Sioux Chief

Nationality: Hunkpapa Lakota

Biography: One of the most famous Native Americans who fought to withstand the tide of white European settlers advancing across the continental United States.

Together with his fellow war leader Crazy Horse, they won the Indians’ most prominent victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against General George Armstrong Custer.

Birthplace: Grand River, Dakota Territory, USA

Died: December 15, 1890
Cause of Death: Shot by Indian police

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Historical Events

  • 1876-06-25 Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as "Custer's Last Stand"
  • 1877-05-05 Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles
  • 1881-07-20 Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to US federal troops
  • 1976-06-25 26th Berlin International Film Festival: "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson" wins the Golden Bear

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