Sitting Bull was born in May (Can Wape To Wi) of 1831 on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Montana. He was born into the Bad Bow band of the Hunkpapa tribe of the Tiatunwa (looking for a home site) Lakota Nation. Sitting Bull was the second of four children and the only son of Her Holy Door Woman and Returns Again.
Very early in his life, Sitting Bull demonstrated the values and virtues Lakota men strive for all their lives. He lived by them all his life, first thinking of his people and their well-being. He showed self-discipline, patience, bravery, compassion, generosity, courage and humbleness.
During his life Sitting Bull counted coup 69 times and was wounded in battle at least three times. He was a member of the Midnight Strong Hearts, an elite group of the Strong Heart Society. Sitting Bull was the youngest man ever made chief and he was the only chief to ever unite the entire Lakota Nation. He also was the last chief to surrender his rifle.
Sitting Bull lived in fast changing times; the Lakota people were used to roaming the prairie where they lived in tune with Mother Earth. Within a couple of years, the Lakota people were confined to the reservations, depending on the good-will and rations from the U.S. government. They were exposed to illnesses, famine, genocide, assimilation and many more trials and tribulations and so many still suffer the consequences to this day.
On the morning of December 15, 1890, Sitting Bull was betrayed and murdered by his own people. Along with Sitting Bull, 13 people were killed, including his son Crowfoot, his Assiniboine brother Jumping Bull and five of his followers. After the murder, Sitting Bull's face was beaten beyond recognition. The leggings he wore that morning and a lock of his hair were taken for souvenirs.
Sitting Bull was a Sun Dancer, he gave his blood, sweat and tears for the Lakota people. He has suffered so that the next generations may live. Sitting Bull was the most spiritual person and there is no one who will ever be like him again.