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The encroachment of the white man was advancing very quickly, and this worried Four Horns. He decided that new leadership was necessary. In 1867, he sent word to all the Lakota bands and other nearby nations, requesting a gathering to discuss an important matter. There were six Lakota bands, some Yanktonai, and a few Cheyenne who responded to his call and arrived at his camp on the lower Powder River. Among those who arrived quickly were Crazy Horse and Gall. They were in agreement with Four Horns about the need for new leadership, and they understood the urgency of the situation.
Four Horns began the council by explaining to the chiefs and elders why he believed new leadership was required. He said he was advanced in age, and a younger Wicasa was desired to lead the people. He recommended his nephew, Tatanka Iyotake, to be the chief of the Tiatunwa Lakota Nation. The council members all agreed with Four Horns that Tatanka Iyotake was the best choice, for he was advanced in his thinking and actions for one who was only thirty-six years old. They also agreed to the appointment of Crazy Horse as the second chief.