Sitting Bull refused to surrender, and in May 1877 led his band across the border into Canada, where he remained in exile for many years, refusing a pardon and the chance to return.
Shots were fired and Sitting Bull, who was hit in the head, and his son Crow Foot were both killed.
In 1885, Sitting Bull was allowed to leave the reservation to join Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show.
The victory placed Sitting Bull among the great Native American leaders such as fellow Little Big Horn veteran Crazy Horse and Apache freedom fighter Geronimo.
Towards the end of his life, Sitting Bull accepted that the new society of Europeans in the Americas was there to stay and realized that cooperation was better than confrontation.
Sitting Bull only stayed with the show for four months before returning home.
The authorities feared Sitting Bull, as a popular spiritual leader, would give more credibility to the movement and decided to arrest him.
Hunger and cold eventually forced Sitting Bull, his family, and a few remaining warriors to surrender on July 19, 1881.
Sitting Bull had his son hand his rifle to the commanding officer of Fort Buford, telling the soldiers they had come to regard them and the white race as friends.
The U.S. army did not realize that before the battle began, more than 3,000 Native Americans had left their reservations to follow Sitting Bull.
Sitting Bull, who was a medicine man, began to work toward uniting his people against this invasion.
Sitting Bull, for many, is a symbol of Native American Culture.
The attacking Sioux, inspired by a vision of Sitting Bull’s, in which he saw U.S. soldiers being killed as they entered the tribe’s camp, fought back.
Sitting Bull (Sioux: Tatanka Iyotake or Tatanka Iyotanka or Ta-Tanka I-Yotank, first called Slon-he, Slow), (c. 1831 – December 15, 1890) was a Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man.
Back at Standing Rock, Sitting Bull became interested in the Ghost Dance movement.
Sitting Bull was born around 1831 near the Grand River in present-day South Dakota.
Sitting Bull's first encounter with American soldiers occurred in June 1863, when the army mounted a broad campaign in retaliation for the Santee Rebellion in Minnesota, in which the Lakota had played no part.
Sitting Bull then took up arms against the Americans and refused to be transported to the Indian territory.
Like many tribal leaders, Sitting Bull first attempted to make peace and trade with the whites.
Sitting Bull's body was taken by the Indian police to Fort Yates, North Dakota, and buried in the military cemetery.