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Author Topic: TATANKA IEYTANKA [P/S] SURRENDERS: 1881  (Read 5 times)
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« on: July 20, 2018, 07:46:09 am »

He had killed his first man as a teenager. He had been a warrior, a war chief, a chief and a Holy Man. He was the primus inter pares of the Lakota, and leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux, and the Lakota hostiles in 1875-1876. He had predicted the massacre of the 7th Cavalry at the Little big horn, and had organized both the resistance to that attack, and the evacuation of the village. And when U.S. Army ressure after the Custer fight broke the coalition that beat Custer, and forced the surrender by the following Spring of not only the Northern cheyenne and Arapaho, but of Crazy Horse himself, Sitting Bull took his band, and slipped into Canada, where the U.S. Army couldn't reach him.

But by 1881, Sitting Bull had worn out his welcome. The U.S. government was pressuring the British. The scarcity of buffalo put the Sioux at odds with the Cree and Blackfeet.His people either left in ones, twos, or small groups, or faced starvation. So with assurances of amnesty from the Army, Sitting bull recrossed the border on this date in 1881 and surrendered.

Sitting Bull was held as a POW for two years, then released to live on the Standing Rock Reservation. He toured with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. But he never overcame his animus to the Whites. Unlike Gall, and other chiefs and prominent Lakota, he did not participate in tribal/ agency government. And when the Ghost Dance  craze took root among the Lakota, Sitting Bull not only did nothing to discourage it, but may have quietly supported it. And when the Standing Rock Indian agent [McLaughlin] panicked, and summoned the Army, Sitting Bull and his son were killed by Reservation Indian Police when they tried to arrest him, and Sitting Bull's supporters engaged them in a firefight [several of the police were also killed].

You can get more with a smile, a handshake and a gun than you can with a smile and a handshake - Al Capone
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