Sitting Bull (Legends of the Wild West) by Ronald A. Reis

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Light Hair saw the Crow’s reflection in the soup she was stirring and, without looking up, alerted her husband. Sitting Bull lifted his bow and shot the intruder. Though the Crow escaped, he left a blood trail that told the composed husband that his arrow had hit its target. With such a close marriage, it is a mystery why, in 1856, Sitting Bull chose to take advantage of his tribe’s practice of polygamy, where a man could have more than one wife, to bring a second woman into his tepee. Her name was Snow on Her, and she was not about to play second drum to Light Hair.

Despite being court-martialed twice in his military career, Custer was asked back to help in several military campaigns against American Indians. ” American Indians in and around the Bighorn Mountains, his prowess as an American Indian fighter had solidified. Though a polarizing figure still, Custer, like Terry, was out to destroy, to wipe out, any and all American Indians he could find. indd 63 1/7/10 10:43:57 AM 64 SITTInG BuLL Buffalo extermination The demise of the buffalo, or American bison, began in the 1860s when buffalo hunters took aim at the noble creatures in order to fill the bellies of railroad workers and settlers expanding across the Plains.

Red Cloud, now an agency American Indian, was willing to sell—if the price was right. Sitting Bull, of course, was aghast. He cared nothing for the gold that was there. To him, the Black Hills were a food pack, or a place to go when the poor had nothing. indd 55 1/7/10 10:43:51 AM 56 SITTInG BuLL The Black Hills in South Dakota, also known as Paha Sapa to the Sioux, was a place for an American Indian family to relocate to when they needed to eat or a place to stay. When gold was discovered in these historic hills, miners rushed to the area, which was a direct violation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.

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