this day in 1890, the Native American Lakota Sioux chief,
Sitting Bull, was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Formal peaceful relations between the Sioux and
the United States
government began in 1868 upon the signing of the Fort Laramie
Treaty. However, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills - which were in Sioux territory - in the
1870s led to a torrent of white prospectors invading the Sioux lands.
The numerous Sioux tribes united
under Sitting Bull’s leadership, and initially secured some
victories over American forces. The most famous battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876 was the Battle of Little
Bighorn, where Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeated the famed General
Custer. Sitting Bull then led his people to Canada, only to come back to America in
It was around this time that he joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West
Show, but he soon returned to
his people to protect the rights of indigenous Americans. Sitting Bull
was killed on the Standing Rock Indian
Reservation in 1890 by U.S. troops, who were trying to arrest him under fears
would join the Ghost Dance movement.
“I would rather die an Indian than live a white man”
One day, I will make acquaintance with a beautiful creature similar to this little fella. His name will be Buffalo Bill Cody and he will be my best friend. It will be Buffalo Bill and Channy Oakley against the world.
Okay, I feel like this deserves to be asked… Can you expand on the circus story??? I’m so so curious! (Plus I love family stories lol)
Ok, this is a fun one!
When my Great Great Grandad was like, 14 or 15, living up in Northern Minnesota, he decided that farm life wasn’t for him, and decided to run away with the circus. Not just ANY circus mind you: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
He stole a violin that had been purchased in Chicago in the early 1800′s by the family for $50, and ran away. He was caught a few weeks later in St.Paul or there abouts, and returned home.
150 something years later, my grandmother hands me the same violin. Which is currently in for substantial restoration work, or I’d show you a picture.
No one’s 100% sure why he ran away anymore, but it makes for a fun story.
“ Happy birthday to legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley! She was the first woman Buffalo Bill hired for his Wild West show and was a trailblazer who challenged stereotypes about women of the time. Not only could she out-shoot men, she was out-earning most of them. Oakley also used her celebrity to campaign for a woman’s right to paid employment and equal pay.
“ - Ms. Magazine