Wassenberg Art Center

Sitting Eagle

Sitting Eagle, an Oglala Sioux warrior in 1876, fought under He-Dog in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Acquitting himself bravely in the counterattack again Reno, in which he killed a trooper and counted three coups, Sitting Eagle witnessed a strange think in the action against Custer's immediate command - toward the end of that fighting, a group of soldiers went crazy and began shooting themselves. Four tried to escape, three were overtaken and slain by a handful of Indians, including Sitting eagle. The fourth was about to get away when he jerked his gun arm up to his head, pulled the trigger, and fell dead from his horse.

"No enemy that day would have lasted any time at all in our village. It was said he was killed right away. And we did not torture captives."
Near Kyle, SD

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