Daily Archives: December 15, 2010

Sitting Bull . 1831 – December 15, 1890

This is the day, in 1890, that Sitting Bull died. He was fatally shot by two tribal police officers while being arrested in order to keep him from influencing an ensuing Native American movement that threatened the Great White Father (Benjamin Harrison at the time). He is probably most famous for his role in the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, but he was a prominant member of the Lakota (Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux) community for his entire life, recognized as an important shaman.


Image from the Smithsonian