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Who was Sitting Bull?

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September 18, 2016 5:51AM

Sitting Bull (also known as Tatanka-Iyotanka) was the Hunkpapa Lakota tribal leader in the Great Plains. He was best known as the Lakota chief who beat General Custer at Little Bighorn. Sitting Bull's childhood name that his parents gave him was Jumping Badger. His father's name was Sitting Bull. Jumping Badger pleased Sitting Bull so much, that Sitting Bull decided to give his name to Jumping Badger.

In the 1860s Sitting Bull fought U.S. troops who wanted to move Lakota tribes west onto reservations. He was known as a fearless warrior after that, and in 1868 ended up being the chief of the united Lakota nation. On June 25, 1875, Sitting Bull led thousands of warriors to fight U.S. general George Armstrong Custer in a battle called Little Bighorn. The Native Americans won a victory over Custer.

On December 15, 1890, Sitting Bull was shot to death over a struggle between him and the Indian police. Even though Sitting Bull is gone, he is still known for his many great achievements.