Chief Sitting Bull
After the pardon, Sitting Bull returned to the United States in 1881, and was held prisoner at the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakota territory. He was allowed to travel with the permission of the reservation's Indian Agent, and on one of those trips in 1884 he met Annie Oakley, whose marksmanship so impressed the Sioux warrior that he offered $65 for a photograph of the two of them together.
The next year Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show. His parts in the show was limited but Sitting Bull rode in the show's opening procession. He was well compensated, earning 50 dollars a week plus the money he made from selling autographs. He was treated kindly by Oakley, who said the Sioux warrior "made a great pet of me." Sitting Bull was fond of Oakley naming her "Little Sure Shot."
During the show's tour Sitting Bull met "new White Father at Washington," President Grover Cleveland. Life on the road was often unpleasant with Crowds often hissing while the newspapers termed him "as mild mannered a man as ever cut a throat or scalped a helpless woman." During a show in Pittsburgh the brother of a Little Big Horn casulty attacked him. Sitting Bull often commented on the poverty, he witnessed in his travels along the rail lines, especially among children. When the 1885 season ended, the Sioux warrior decided to return to the reservation stating that "The wigwam is a better place for the red man" In 1886 When Sitting Bull sought and was denied permission to return to the Wild West Show.
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody Buffalo Bill’s Wild West program. The show's first opening was on May 19, 1883 at Omaha, Nebraska. Sitting Bill did not join the show until 1885 and performed for only one season.
Shortly after his Death
by W. FLETCHER JOHNSON
" I surrender this rifle to you through my young son, whom I now desire to teach in this way that he has become a friend of the whites. I wish him to live as the whites do and be taught in their schools. I wish to be remembered as the last man of my tribe who gave up his rifle. This boy has now given it to you, and he wants to know how he is going to make a living."
|Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake autographed photo "Sitting Bull"|
By: ~Anonymous Lakota
|Sitting Bull autograph dated on card's reverse June 12th 1889.|
A TRAGEDY AT WOUNDED KNEE
by Warren K. Morehead 1914
Edited by Stanley L. Klos 1999
RUDOLF CRONAU (1855-1939), graphite and ink wash on paper of Tatanka Iyotake, Sitting Bull, signed, dated and inscribed 'Rud. Cronau - 1881 Fort Randall S. Dac.' and inscribed 'Sitting Bull' 15½ x 12¼ inches
Cabinet photograph signed "Sitting Bull" in Sitting Bull's square hand in lower portion of the mount. Circa 1882
There was no danger at any time at Pine Ridge. What we did, not once, but on many nights, is proof of the assertion. There were a number of newspaper men in the little log hotel at Pine Ridge, and they sent many sensational accounts to the Eastern papers. Not one of them ever left the agency, until the battle of Wounded Knee had occurred, when a few went out to look over the field. Mr. Bartlett, who spoke Sioux quite well, and myself, were the only men to my knowledge who left the agency and visited the camps in the valley, one or two miles distant. The fact that we were able to do so, is sufficient refutation of the statement that the Indians desired to fight, or were savages. Both of us would have been killed were this statement true. We never experienced the slightest trouble, but on the contrary were afforded every facility. We often felt guns and revolvers under the blankets on which we reclined in the tipis. Force caused Wounded Knee. Humanity would have prevented it.
By: Stanley Yavneh Klos
Edited By: Naomi Yavneh Klos. Ph.D.
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