Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy

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Ernie LaPointe is the great -grandson of the famous Hunkpapa Lakota chief, and he presents the family tales and memories told to him about his great-grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Sitting Bull. LaPointe explains the discrepancies, how they occurred, and why he wants to tell his story of Tatanka Iyotake.

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Overview

Ernie LaPointe is the great -grandson of the famous Hunkpapa Lakota chief, and he presents the family tales and memories told to him about his great-grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Sitting Bull. LaPointe explains the discrepancies, how they occurred, and why he wants to tell his story of Tatanka Iyotake.

The only book on Sitting Bull written by a lineal descendant

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Over time, Sitting Bull (c.1831-90) has become little more than the subject of a vintage photograph and a vague historical figure. In the 1970s, Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee rescued him for a while from this gradual slide toward oblivion, but today few of us have much solid knowledge about one of the most prominent and controversial men in Native American history. Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy rectifies that unfortunate situation by describing this Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man's fateful path from young warrior to charismatic leader to Wild West show participant, ending with his arrest and death at the hands of reservation police. A stirring, tragic history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423605560
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 693,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernie LaPointe, a great-grandson of Sitting Bull, was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in
South Dakota. He is a Sundancer and lives the traditional way of the Lakota and follows the rules of the sacred pipe. He lives in South Dakota.

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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.

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Table of Contents

9 Acknowledgments

11 Foreword

15 Preface

19 Introduction

21 Jumping Badger

26 Earning His Name

31 The Strong Heart Society

34 Jumping Bull

39 Wives and Children

44 Gazing at the Sun: The First Vision

48 Encountering the Americans

50 The Leader of the Lakota

53 Arrow Creek

58 Broken Promises

61 The Stage is Set

68 The Battle of the Greasy Grass

72 In the Land of the Grandmother

81 Military Custody

85 A Limited Captivity

91 The Ghost Dance

94 Betrayal

102 The Murder

108 Burying the Dead

113 Leaving Standing Rock

118 The Burial Site of Tatanka Iyotake

122 Living The Legacy

128 Appendix 1

A Letter from E.D. Mossman, Superintendant of the Standing Rock Indian School, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C.

131 Appendix 2

Assessment of a Lock of Hair and Leggings Attributed to Sitting Bull, a Hunkpapa Sioux, in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution-Executive Summary

143 Glossary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    Sitting Bull, by Ernie LaPointe, is an outstanding read. No reservations whatsoever about recommending it.

    Mr. LaPointe is Sitting Bull's great grandson, and in this book he shares the stories about his famous great grandfather that have been passed down to him through his family, lending personality and presence to an historical character who has been largely defined by whites. The book provides an interesting look into traditional Lakota culture, as well, and is a clear reminder of the abuses the Lakota suffered at the hands of the federal government. There is also an interesting connection to current situations involving Sitting Bull's resting place. All in all this book is a fascinating, thought provoking read.

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