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Children's LiteratureAller has written an interesting biography of Sitting Bull, the spiritual leader and warrior of the Lakota people. Sitting Bull, born in the early 1800s and given the name of Hunkesni, meaning "Slow" because he took his time, grew up in the Dakota Territory during a time of unrest and battles with the United States Government. The Lakotas depended on the buffalo for everything; food, clothing, weapons. When white people settled on their land, they began to kill the buffalo and demanded more and more land. Hunkesni went out with the Lakota warriors to protect his land. He was a brave warrior and earned a new name, Tatanka Iyotake or Sitting Bull. One of the Lakotas biggest battles was with General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Custer and his soldiers were defeated. Sitting Bull wanted a peaceful solution, but he was forced to flee to Canada where he lived for several years. Eventually, Sitting Bull returned to the United States and turned himself in to the Army. He was then sent to a reservation where he remained a leader among his people. He is remembered for his bravery and struggle to protect his people and their land. Black and white and color photographs and drawings accompany the text. A timeline, further reading, websites, and bibliography are also included. 2004, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Della A. Yannuzzi