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December 15th 1890: Sitting Bull killed

On 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 major military 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 1881. 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 he would join the Ghost Dance movement.

“I would rather die an Indian than live a white man”

@cristofalina replied to your post “Eight for Eight Meme!”

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