Preparing Sitting Bull's warriors for action

23 August 2018

Tatanka-Iyotanka or Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota Chief, as well as a spiritual holy man who united the Lakota tribes struggling for survival on the northern plains. 

Both Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse successfully resisted efforts to corral their people and refused to move into reservations for ten years. They only wanted to be left alone to follow their traditional way of life. However,  growing waves of settlers moving into their lands inevitably led to confrontations between the settlers and the Indians.

The Sioux and Cheyenne, who did try to cooperate with government, were left with broken promises and poor reservations. By 1875 the U.S. Army were blatantly ignoring treaties, invading the sacred Black Hills which then led the Sioux and Cheyenne to abandon the reservations. They left to join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana and they would not return to the reservations voluntarily.

Sitting Bull - The Hunkapapa Lakota - 840 warriors

The Hunkpapa are a Native American group. They are one of the seven council fires of the Lakota tribe. The name is a Lakota word meaning "Head of the Circle". 

The Yankton, and the Yanktonai are the Western Dakota and means "Village-at-the-end" and "Little village-at-the-end". The Eastern Dakota are the Santee meaning “dwells at the place of knife flint″. Together they are known as the Dakota people.

The way to the Greasy Grass

After Sitting Bull had a vision of a great victory, the Oglala Lakota war chief, Crazy Horse led his 1,500 warriors to battle. On June 17, 1876 he surprised General Crook's southern column and forced them to retreat at the Battle of the Rosebud.

Celebrating this victory the Lakota moved their camp to the valley of the Little Bighorn River and were joined by 3,000 more Indians, who had left the reservations to follow Sitting Bull. While there they were attacked on June 25, 1876 by the Seventh Cavalry under George Armstrong Custer, who were as it turned out very outnumbered. Some of the 7th Cavalry first rushed the encampment fulfilling Sitting Bull's vision, and then made a stand on a nearby ridge where they were destroyed. 

The Project for Sitting Bull's Warriors

Sitting Bulls Warriors are now based we are showing them as Foot and Mounted mixed on the base together, in this this this way we are attempting to show the warriors fought.

So here is Sitting Bull, Chief Gall and their forces.