Sitting Bull: Champion of the Sioux : a Biography

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 346 pages
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"If that is Long Hair, I am the one who killed him," White Bull, the young nephew of Sitting Bull, said when Bad Juice pointed out Custer's body immediately after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Yet it was Sitting Bull who acquired the notoriety and was paraded in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as "the warrior who killed Custer." But this new edition of Stanley Vestal's classic biography of the famous chief emphasizes that "Sitting Bull's fame does not rest upon the death of Custer’s five troops. Had he been twenty miles away shooting antelope that morning, he would still remain the greatest of the Sioux."

The stirring account of the death throes of a mighty nation and its leader is the story of the "greatest of the Sioux" and his struggle to keep his people free and united. The Sioux were formidable warriors, as attested to by men who fought against them, like General Anson Mills, who said, "They were the best cavalry in the world; their like will never be seen again," but they were up against an overwhelming tide of soldiers, homesteaders, and bureaucrats. Sitting Bull fought long and hard and "He was ... a statesman, one of the most farsighted we have had," but statesmanship could not prevail against such odds.

This powerful biography of Sitting Bull is brought to a new generation of readers in h a new and expanded edition, for much new material had been added to the original edition (published in 1932) that could not be disclosed while the informants were still living. Sitting Bull is a moving account of the epic courage of one man in the face of his inevitable defeat as the last defender of his people's rights.

 

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Sitting Bull is not only a Sioux leader but a HERO.

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Contents

The Boy Volunteer
3
Sitting Bull Wearing Crucifix
9
The Pattern of Manhood
14
The Yellowhammer and the Bear
20
Single Combat
26
Crow Foot
26
Big Brother
34
Jumping Bull Has the Toothache
43
Slim Buttes
184
Bear Coat
190
Indian Summer
206
The United States Commission to Sitting Bull
214
Thrown Away
224
Surrender
231
Captive
235
31 High
237

Killdeer Mountain
50
The Battle of the Badlands
58
War on Powder River
76
The Testing of the Chiefs
83
The Inauguration
91
General Crook
106
Thirty Crows Are Killed
113
Major Reno
122
The Bravest Deed of All
125
Indian Peace
132
White Mans War
138
Two Moon 123
140
The Vision of Victory l o 22 The Battle of the Rosebud
152
Crow Rock
154
Custers Last Stand
161
Map of Custers Last Battle
171
Council of War
181
White Hair
248
Sitting Bull
250
Nick Cadottes Stable
255
Sitting Bulls White Squaw
263
35 The Ghost Dance
271
Buffalo Bill Intrudes
280
McLaughlins Order for Sitting Bulls Arrest
282
On Guard
286
The Fight in the Dark
293
Survivors of Indian Police Who Captured Sitting Bull
298
The Only Good Indian
308
Big Foots Band at Cheyenne River
314
Explanation of Sitting Bulls Hieroglyphic Autobiography
316
Bibliographical Essay
321
Index
325
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About the author (1989)

Stanley Vestal is the pen name of Walter S. Campbell, who up grew up in Southern Cheyenne country. A graduate of Oxford University and longtime Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, he wrote many distinguished books on American Indians and the West, including Sitting Bull, Champion of the Sioux.

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