Sitting Bull of the Lakota was not a war chief. He was more of a prophet or a seer. He had predicted the destruction of Custer a month prior to the event. He did not participate in the battle but sat on a hill making medicine. Still though, he was considered the leader that had defeated the U.S. Army and became a legend among Americans as the one Indian that never compromised.
After the Lakota were settled on the Great Sioux reservation Sitting Bull traveled with Buffalo Bills Wild West show. Upon his departure he was given a special pony, a pony which had been trained to “bow” to the audience.
Sitting Bull returned to the reservation and became involved in the Ghost Dance ritual which was designed to wipe out the whites and bring back all the game and the dead relatives. This dance worried the resident Indian Agent so he appointed eighty Lakota men as Indian police and sent then after Sitting Bull. Years before Sitting Bull has said that a meadowlark had told him that he could not be killed by the whites but only by his own people. The little bird was right because as they were bringing him in a fight broke out and Sitting Bull was killed. His horse, hearing the gunfire, bowed to his fallen master. The Indians and some of the whites present took this as a sign that Sitting Bull’s soul would live on and they fled in terror.
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