Sitting Bull: Background information when reading The Removes

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The Removes

by Tatjana Soli

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    Jun 2018, 384 pages
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    Aug 13, 2019, 384 pages

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Sitting Bull

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Sitting BullTatjana Soli's historical fiction novel, The Removes, culminates at Custer's Last Stand, a battle between the U.S. 7th Cavalry and Native American tribes that took place near the Little Bighorn River in Montana in 1876. Sitting Bull was the chief of the entire Sioux nation at the time, and his vision of success over the soldiers spurred his warriors on to victory.

Sitting Bull was born in 1831 in the Grand River Valley (now South Dakota). He was a member of the Hunkpapa Lakota tribe, which in turn is part of the Sioux Nation. He was named Jumping Badger at birth, but also nicknamed Hunkesi – "Slow" – because of his thoughtful, deliberate nature, evident at an early age. At age 14 he joined his first war party against a rival clan and fought with such bravery and honor that he was awarded his adult name – Tatanka Yotanka – which translates into Buffalo Bull Who Sits Down, which English-speakers translated into the name that fills our records: Sitting ...

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