Sitting Bull was the Native American chief used whom the Sioux tribes united in their struggle for survival on the North American Great Plains.
Sitting Bull was born in 1831 at Grand River and he died December 15, 1890 at Grand River.
WHAT DID HE DO?
When the discovered gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1874, the Sioux came into conflict with the US. After the battle of Little Big Horn, which the confederation of tribes would defeat some US troops, he went to Canada when he stayed for many years.
He finally surrendered to U.S forces with his people at the edge of starvation, and was made to stay at a Indian reservation. In 1890, Sitting Bull was shot and killed when being arrested by the U.S.
Beginning in the summer of 1865 columns of U.S. soldiers repeatedly invaded the Powder River country. Sitting Bull had occasional encounters with them, learning their ways of fighting, their strengths and weaknesses. After Red Cloud signed the Fort Laramie treaty of 1868, and then agreed to live on a reservation, his influence waned. Sitting Bull’s disdain for treaties and reservation life soon attracted a large following not only from the Sioux but from the Cheyenne and Arapaho. In 1873, he and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer skirmished briefly while Custer was guarding surveyors for the Northern Pacific Railroad in Montana Territory.