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  • Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotanka) was a renowned Hunkpapa Lakota military, political, and religious leader. Among his many achievements was helping lead the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn. It is believed that Sitting Bull was born along the Grand River in present-day South Dakota in 1831 to Sitting Bull and Her-Holy-Door. Initially named Jumping Badger, he assumed his father's name at age fourteen when he became a warrior. By 1857, his battlefield prowess against other Native American groups led to his being elevated to tribal war chief. Soon thereafter, he also became a religious leader.

    During the 1862 war between the Dakota Sioux and the United States, Sitting Bull began fighting against the United States. ...

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