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The Life of Sitting Bull

At the February meeting we welcomed the return of Dr. Graham Kemp who told us of the life of the legendary American Indian, Sitting Bull. He is best known as the leader of the Lakota people who defeated the army of General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in June 1876. Born in South Dakota, his life was devoted to resistance of the American government who systematically invaded Indian territory and pushed the native tribes into ever decreasing areas of land. After retreating with his people to Saskatchewan he returned to gain fame in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show then retired to the Standing Rock reservation. In 1890 the authorities, fearing he would be the catalyst for further uprising, attempted to arrest him. During the struggle he was illegally shot and killed. His remains are buried near his birthplace in South Dakota.

Sitting Bull & Buffalo Bill