Dec. 15, 1890, Sitting Bull’s death

On December 15, 1890, the Standing Rock Indian Agent, James McLaughlin set into motion events that resulted in the deaths of Sitting Bull, his son Crowfoot, Brave Thunder, Black Bird, Catch the Bear, Little Assinaboine, Spotted Horn Bull, Chase Wounded, and the massacre of Big Foot’s Band at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890.

Photograph by D.F. Barry

 For the names of the Indian Police fatalities:

Photograph from Wikipedia.

Names of the dead source NARA, Record Group 75, Standing Rock Agency Ledger for December 1890.

In my opinion, a case can be made for premeditated murder based upon Standing Rock Indian Agent James McLaughlin’s quest for complete control over the daily lives of Lakota people on the reservation and his desire to eliminate all traditional Lakota culural practices for the assertion of the dominant white culture at any cost. Though this did not stop him from collecting and selling Lakota articles of traditional beadwork, clothing, pipes, drums etc.



  1. lesliepaints said,

    December 16, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I have not read enough, as yet, but was very angered by reading about Sitting Bull’s death in the two books that spoke of it. I would have liked to have known this man and there were quite a few who did know him and did not stop to listen. They had their own talk in their head.

    • December 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Hello Painting Lady, Interesting turn of phrase, Leslie–“They had their own talk in their head.” Very appropriate for what it conveys.
      May I ask what aroused your anger regarding Sitting Bull’s death based upon what you’ve read?

      • lesliepaints said,

        December 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

        I viewed the encounter as pre-planned. A spark ready to be lit. His own people, now hired on as peace keeping officials brainwashed to forget their own. Sitting Bull was not trying to cause dissension nor was he acting out in a manner that harmed anyone. He was murdered, needlessly, in front of his own home, the way I read it. Officials made no effort to learn from those who came before (Native Americans). Isn’t that like today in many instances? Great man. Tragic death. Needless pain. That is what angers me.

  2. slpmartin said,

    December 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    When there’s profit to be had, one finds a suspension of belief.:-(

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