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Sitting Bull (1831 – 1890)


Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man and war chief, notable for his role in the defeat of George Armstrong Custer and the U S 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Sitting Bull
We did not give you our land; You stole it from us.
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What white man has ever seen me drunk? Who has ever come to me hungry and left me unfed? Who has seen me beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken?
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I hardly sustain myself beneath the weight of white men's blood that I have shed. The whites provoked the war; their injustices, their indignities to our families, the cruel, unheard of and wholly unprovoked massacre at Fort Lyon ... shook all the veins which bind and support me. I rose, tomahawk in hand, and I have done all the hurt to the whites that I could.




Bull Sitting quotes
You come here to tell us lies, but we don't want to hear them. If we told you more, you would have paid no attention. That is all I have to say.
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I know Great Spirit is looking down upon me from above, and will hear what I say...
Sitting Bull quotes
I am nothing, neither a chief nor a soldier.
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The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love.
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Look at me, see if I am poor, or my people either. The whites may get me at last, as you say, but I will have good times till then. You are fools to make yourselves slaves to a piece of fat bacon, some hard-tack, and a little sugar and coffee.
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What white woman, however lonely, was ever captive or insulted by me? Yet they say I am a bad Indian.
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I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were.
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I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by his will I am chief. I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit has chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.




Sitting Bull quotes
He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart, he put other different desires.
Sitting Bull
Now that we are poor, we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights.
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In my early days, I was eager to learn and to do things, and therefore I learned quickly.
Bull Sitting
If a man loses anything and goes back and looks carefully for it, he will find it.
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Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.
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Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?
Sitting Bull quotes
When I was a boy, the Sioux owned the world. The sun rose and set on their land; they sent ten thousand men to battle. Where are the warriors today? Who slew them? Where are our lands? Who owns them?
Sitting Bull
You think I am a fool, but you are a greater fool than I am.
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What white man can say I ever stole his land or a penny of his money? Yet they say that I am a thief.


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