When they went to his house to arrest Sitting Bull, he refused to go. Then the police shot Sitting Bull in the chest & head. Lakota loyal to Sitting Bull confronted the police, and killed a total of 9 of them, including the officer who shot Sitting Bull.
Tatanka Iyotake (Sitting Bull) took his last breath between noon & 1:00 p.m. The wailing of women could be heard in every direction.
Sitting Bull was a Chief, Medicine Man, prophet, & statesman. He was a member of the Kit Fox Society, the Midnight Strong Heart Society & many others. The Strong Hearts were an elite group of warriors. He was also a sash wearer, a title reserved for only the bravest of Lakota.
It was Sitting Bull who received the vision of Custer’s Fall at Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn) while sundancing. He gave 50 pieces of flesh that day. That’s why the people were camped at Little Big Horn; for Sundance. In his vision, Sitting Bull saw soldiers fall like grasshoppers, and a voice said unto him, “I give these to you, because they have no ears." (Note: the U.S. soldiers under George Armstrong Custer were NOT massacred in battle. Many of them shot each other or committed suicide because they realized they were outnumbered and afraid of being captured and facing torture.)
Sitting Bull was loved by many. Other Native Nations ran to him for help, like the Nez Perce. After the Dakota War in Minnesota, some Dakota went to camp with Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota. Some of his wives were Dakota. That’s who made him Dakota floral beadwork.
Sitting Bull once traveled to visit Wovoka, a Paiute holyman who had the vision of the Ghost Dance. He left a sacred bundle on their lands.
“If we must die, we die defending our rights.” -Sitting Bull