Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake Lakota
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Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake Lakota (1831 - 1890)

Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake "Sitting Bull" Lakota
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Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake Lakota was a Native American member of the Lakota tribe.
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Sitting Bull was was a Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who led his people as a tribal chief during years of resistance to United States government policies.


Hoka Psice (Jumping Badger) was born about 1831 in the Dakota Territory, the son of TATANKA PTAICA/JUMPING BADGER and WASTEWIN/HER HOLY DOOR. [1] In 2007, Sitting Bull's great-grandson asserted from family oral tradition that Sitting Bull was born along the Yellowstone River, south of present-day Miles City, Montana. [2]

It is Lakota tradition to later name male children with one of their father's names so Hoka Psice became Tȟatȟaŋka Iyotȟaŋka. This name was translated as "Sitting Bull", due to a leadership role in a battle between the Lakota and Crow people.[3]

Sitting Bull first married Light Hair in 1851. She died in 1857. They had one son born in 1857. [4]

He married second Snow on Her in 1861. They divorced in 1869. They had the following children: [4]

  1. Her Many Horse [4]
  2. See Walking/Walks Looking [4]

He married third Red Woman in 1871. She died in 1886 from disease. They had the following children: [4]

  1. Unnamed son died at birth [4]
  2. Takes the Gun [4]

He married fourth Seen by Her Nation. [4] They had the following children:

  1. Blue Mountain/Louis [4]
  2. Sitting Bull Takes Part/William John [4]
  3. Standing Holy (daughter) [4]

He married fifth Four Robes. [4] They had the following children:

  1. Crowfoot [4]
  2. Sight of Lodge Woman [4]
  3. Runs Away From Him/Albert [4]
  4. Wounded (son) [4]

Battle of Little Big Horn

Sitting Bull was a leader of the Heart warrior society as a young man. He first went to battle at the age of 14 against the Crow. As an audit he became a member of the Silent Eaters, a group concerned with tribal welfare. He fought in many battles including the Battle of Killdeer Mountain. In 1865 he led a siege against the newly established Fort Rice in Dakota Territory. Widely respected for his bravery and insight, he became head chief of the Lakota nation about 1868.[5]

Gold was discovered in the sacred Black Hills in 1874. Despite the Fort Laramie Treaty which declared that area off limits to white settlers in1868. The incursion of gold seekers caused hostilities to rise.

He died December 15, 1890[6]


  1. United States History: Sitting Bull
  2. Blumberg, Jess (2007-10-31). "Sitting Bull's Legacy". Smithsonian
  3. Sitting Bull Champion of the Sioux
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 Standing Rock Tribal
  5. Biography.com: Sitting Bull
  6. PBS Sitting Bull

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Parents, spouse(s), and children should all have LNAB of Lakota.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
We need to confirm the tribe names of his various wives and correct their name fields.
posted by Jillaine Smith
I have found that he had a son named Walter Craft . What do you think
posted on Bull-1259 (merged) by Mary (Gulish) G
edited by Mary (Gulish) G
Sitting Bull's grave at Fort Yates, North Dakota ca. 1906

... image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c04929.

posted on Bull-1259 (merged) by Carole Taylor
May we add the cemetery where he is now at rest? [1] there are photos of both graves.

"Sitting Bull's body was taken to Fort Yates, where it was placed in a coffin (made by the Army carpenter)[57] and buried. A monument was installed to mark his burial site after his remains were reportedly taken to South Dakota.

In 1953 Lakota family members exhumed what they believed to be Sitting Bull's remains, transporting them for reinterment near Mobridge, South Dakota, his birthplace.[58][59] A monument to him was erected there. also add wikipedia.com as a source. Thank you for the beautiful profile.

posted on Bull-1259 (merged) by Carole Taylor

This includes the repatriations -the returning of Locks of Sitting Bulls Hair and his Leggings to the only known living descendants in 2007 by the Smithsonian.

posted on Bull-1259 (merged) by Arora (G) Anonymous
more info can be found here[1]
posted on Bull-1259 (merged) by Irene (Hewson) Marquez
Proper entry of name will be accomplished upon acceptance to trusted list

Last name at birth was Psice

posted on Bull-1259 (merged) by Paula J
Sitting Bull was also known as Tatanka-Iyotanka
posted on Bull-1259 (merged) by Wesley Doughman

Rejected matches › Hoka (Unknown) Purdy (abt.1830-)

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