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Sitting Bull or Tatanka-Iyotanka was the legendary Teton Lakota Indian Chief who united the Sioux tribes of the North American Plains. He led the confrontation against American soldiers at the Black Hills in the mid-1870s. The discovery of gold in the land of Sioux made their survival difficult. For more information on Indian Chief Sitting Bull read the fact file below or download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Sitting Bull was the son of another brave warrior named Returns-Again. At a young age, Sitting Bull was called “Slow” due to his lack of talent in physical activities. He killed his first buffalo at the age 10 and won his first battle at 14. After his honourable battle with a rival clan, he was coined as Tatanka-Iyotanka, a Lakota name meaning a “buffalo bull sitting”.
- In 1863, he led the first battle against American soldiers at the Battle of Killdeer Mountain.
- Two years later, he led the attack at Fort Rice, now known as North Dakota. By 1868, after his bravery and skills as a warrior, he was chosen as the Lakota nation’s chief.
- On July 2, 1868, the American government recognized the ancestral land of the Lakota people under the Fort Laramie Treaty.
- In 1871, the construction of the Northern Pacific Railway faced great Lakota resistance. Sitting Bull attacked the surveyors of the land as its construction included their ancestral territory.
- During the mid-1870s, prospectors discovered gold in the sacred Black Hills. Sitting Bull rejected the new treaty offered, thus prompting the American government to declare war against the inhabitants of Siouxland.
- Prior to battle, Sitting Bull conducted a ritual at the Sun Dance ceremony on the Little Bighorn River, an established Native American community.
- By June 1876, Sitting Bull defeated American troops in the Battle of the Rosebud and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. His prophecy led the united warriors of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho against General George Armstrong Custer’s army.
- Following the defeat of the American government, they doubled the effort of controlling the Native American tribes. Sitting Bull decided to resettle his people in Canada.
- In 1881, he returned to Dakota as a prisoner for two years. He joined the Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show after meeting Annie Oakley in 1885.
- After staying in the city for some time, Sitting Bull returned home along the Grand River where he lived as a Native American. He joined the Ghost Dance in 1889 to restore their way of life.
- On December 15, 1890, at the age of 59, he was arrested by the Lakota police in his home and was shot in the head after a gunfight.
Key Additional Sitting Bull Facts
- He was originally named “Jumping Badger” upon his birth in 1831.
- Sitting Bull was the first Chief Supreme Leader of the Lakota Nation as he united different tribal bands.
- He was considered as the “Wichasha Wakan”, gifted with spiritual vision of the future.
- The Lakota Chief once said that he “would rather die an Indian than live as a white man.”
Sitting Bull Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Sitting Bull Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Sitting Bull or Tatanka-Iyotanka who was the legendary Teton Lakota Indian Chief who united the Sioux tribes of the North American Plains.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Sitting Bull Facts
- Hail to the Chief!
- Guess What?
- Famous Warriors
- Everything Gold
- The Lakota Nation
- Warrior Acrostic
- Native American Tribes
- Battle of the Little Bighorn
- Sun Dance Ceremony
- News Analysis
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