Sitting Bull and the Paradox of Lakota Nationhood

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A Hunkpapa Lakota chief named Sitting Bull and the history of the Lakota nationhood was the chosen subject of Gary C. Anderson to write a biography on. Although most of the history about Sitting Bull took place back in the eighteen hundreds, Anderson did not come out with his book tell around 1995. Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers published the book in 1996. The book follows the history of Sitting Bull and the native Indians fight with the "white man" over land.

The first chapter goes back in history and sets up the story and setting. It was the eighteenth century and the Americans were beginning to invade the lands west of the Mississippi River. This caused problems because even though Americans saw the lands as an unoccupied
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One of the most significant religious rituals performed among the Lakota's was the Sundance. They were performed every June and everyone would come together to form one large village. The men would dance and stare into the sun until they saw visions. Sitting Bull's first Sundance was somewhere around his twentieth birthday.

Highly respected for his bravery and insight, Sitting Bull became one of the head chiefs of the Lakota nation around 1868. Anderson goes on in the book to talk about the defense of the homeland of the Lakota's from the government, by Sitting Bull and the other tribes. Sitting Bull had no intention of selling any land and made that clear to the Americans. Land boundaries became a large issue between the Americans and the Lakotas. Americans pushed the Indians to define the territories so that purchases could be made.

Not only was the railroad disturbing to hunting but this also made it much easier and cheaper bring out the military troops, their food and supplies. The troops were hired be the government to search out the Indians and get them to move off and sign over their land. One main land that the government and the Indians feuded over was the Black Hills. They were over run with new settlers because of the rumor of gold. The Indians went to the government to complain about the unwanted guest, but even though the treaty of 1868 had granted the Black Hills as Indian

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