Sitting Bull - Tatanka Yotanka

Tatanka-Iyotanka (more commonly misspelled Tatanka Yotanka [or, Yotaka]) - a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man who was also known as Chief Sitting Bull - was a Native American born in territory known today as South Dakota.

The U.S. National Portrait Gallery provides a brief biography of Sitting Bull, especially regarding his resistance to America's westward expansion:

Many Indians of the West gradually reconciled themselves, in the latter half of the nineteenth century, to the encroachment of white settlements on their way of life. That was not the case, however, with the Sioux chief and medicine man Sitting Bull.

A great warrior in his youth, Sitting Bull became the rallying point for Indians from several tribes of the northern Plains, who opposed the constraints that white westward migration threatened to impose upon them in the 1860s and 1870s.

His hostility to any accommodations to white authority reached its climax in 1876, when a large band of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors under his aegis attacked a party of soldiers led by General George Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn and wiped them out.

Fleeing to Canada with a small following soon after, Sitting Bull later returned to the United States and lived his final years on a federal Indian reservation. But he remained bitter to the end and was eventually killed in a melee with reservation police, who had come to arrest him for his involvement with a new religious cult that allegedly was threatening to foment unrest among the Sioux.

Tatanka-Iyotanka was shot, and killed, on December 15, 1890.  It is believed he was 57 years old at the time of his death.

This video features scenes from the award-winning film, "Sitting Bull:  A Stone in My Heart."  The story is told mostly using Sitting Bull's own words.

Media Credits

Clip from "Sitting Bull:  A Stone in My Heart," by John Ferry.  Online, courtesy LilliMar Pictures.

Produced by
John Ferry

Musical score by
Steve Henry
Cory and Ernie Orosco


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