Sitting Bull (Lakota
: Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (in Standard Lakota Orthography), also nicknamed Slon-he or "Slow"; (c. 1831 – December 15, 1890) was a Hunkpapa
holy man who led his people as a tribal chief
during years of resistance to United States government policies. Born near the Grand River
in Dakota Territory
, he was killed by Indian agency police
on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation
during an attempt to arrest him and prevent him from supporting the Ghost Dance
Sitting Bull's premonition of defeating the cavalry became reality.
I have killed, robbed, and injured too many white men to believe in a good peace. They are medicine, and I would eventually die a lingering death. I had rather die on the field of battle.
Look at me, see if I am poor, or my people either. The whites may get me at last, as you say, but I will have good times till then. You are fools to make yourselves slaves to a piece of fat bacon, some hard-tack, and a little sugar and coffee.
I am nothing, neither a chief nor a soldier.
You come here to tell us lies, but we don't want to hear them. If we told you more, you would have paid no attention. That is all I have to say.