As a young boy the subject of this week’s story was named “Slow.” But because of his bravery as a young boy, it was changed to one more appropriate for a warrior.
Sometimes names are given to people that just don’t seem to be appropriate. As a baby a he was given the name of “Slow,” not because he wasn’t bright, but because he was deliberate. But his “deliberateness” never stood in the way of him taking action. At the age of 14 he was so brave in battle that his father changed his name to…Sitting Bull.
Sitting Bull was soon made the leader of the Strong Hearts, a special society of warriors…and later he became the chief of his Hunk-papa division of the Sioux.
He was not a friend of whites. At one time he said, “I hate all white people. You are thieves and liars.” But the whites weren’t the only recipients of his anger. He also hated the Crow and Flathead Indians.
As a leader and organizer, Sitting Bull was able to convince more than 10,000 Sioux, Arapaho and Cheyenne to leave the reservation, and band together…and it was a part of this group that defeated General Custer.
Because of Little Big Horn, the government made an all out effort to defeat the Plains Indians. Finally, with less than 200 followers, Sitting Bull surrendered.
On December 15, 1890, Sitting Bull was living on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Because of fears of an Indian insurrection, about 40 Indian policemen rushed Sitting Bull’s home to arrest him while he was asleep. In the confusion a fight broke out and the great Sioux Chief Sitting Bull was shot twice by a Sioux Indian policeman.
Incidentally, the 59-year-old Sitting Bull had previously indicated he had no interest in the insurrection.