Sitting Bull was born in 1831 in an area along the Grand River in what is now known as South Dakota. His father was a Sioux warrior named Returns-Again (Biography.com) and his mother was called Her-Holy-Door. They originally named him Jumping Badger and was given the nickname Hunkesi which stands for “slow”. The reason for calling him Hunkesi was that he was never in a hurry to do anything and the things that he did do he took great care in doing. He was not known for being particularly good at anything in his youth until he killed a buffalo at age ten and proceeded to give the meat to the elders who could not hunt. Four years later at age fourteen he received a coup stick from his father, which was used to strike enemies in battle. He then joined the war party and went into his first battle against a rival tribe called the Crow. During the raid he brought down a Crow warrior with his coup stick which led his father to give him a new name, Tatanka-Iyotanka, or Sitting Bull. The reason for this name is that the Lakota saw the buffalo bull as an animal that was stubborn and unmovable once it sa...
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...Sitting Bull to be arrested so he could not join the dancers. On December 15, 1890 the police dragged Sitting Bull out of his house and ended up shooting him in the head when he resisted. His son Crow Foot was also killed.
For these reasons, Sitting Bull is known as one of the most powerful and popular Indian chiefs to have lived. He was both wise and a skilled warrior, as well as stubborn when it came to dealing with the American’s treaties which shows how he lived up to his name. He has shown to be inspirational to his people in his time as well as to the people of today.
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"Sitting Bull." United States American History. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.
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