Sitting Bull

Week 16: Sitting Bull


Read K – 3: A Picture Book of Sitting Bull by David Adler 

4 – 6: Sitting Bull by Susan Aller

7 – 8: Don’t Know Much About Sitting Bull by Kenneth Davis


  • What were the many ways Indians used buffalo? (ate meat, used skin to make clothes, tepees, blankets, used horns to make spoons and cups, made ropes and belts from hair)
  • Did Indians kill buffalo for fun? (no, only killed what they needed)
  • What was Sitting Bull’s name as a child? Why? (Slow; never seemed to be in a hurry)
  • How did he get the name Sitting Bull? (Hit a Crow Warrior and knocked the bow and arrow from his hand.)
  • Why was Sitting Bull angry with white settlers? (They killed millions of buffalo for sport; they traveled through their lands and built houses, towns, and forts on their land; they broke peace treaties they had made with his people.)
  • What were Reservations? (areas of land where Native Americans were being forced to relocate so white settlers could live in their land)
  • Did Sitting Bull want to live on the reservation? (no)
  • What happened to Native Americans who refused to move to reservations? (they had to face the U.S. military)
  • Who won the Battle of Little Bighorn? (Sitting Bull & the Native Americans)
  • What famous Colonel was killed? (Custer)
  • Why did Sitting Bull lead the Sioux tribe to Canada? (thought they would be safe there)
  • Why didn’t they stay in Canada? (not enough food; starving)
  • What famous show did Sitting Bull become a part of? (Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show)
  • Why was Sitting Bull killed? (The Sioux tribe performed a wild dance in the hopes of bringing back dead family and to bring herds of buffalo and floods to drown white enemies; Whites thought it was a war dance and killed Sitting Bull, his son and others.)

Questions for Grades 4 – 8:

  • How did the Lakota Sioux use Buffalo droppings? (fuel for fires)
  • What was the Pacific Railroad Act? (law that gave millions of acres of land to railroad companies for railroads and telegraph wires)
  • The Pacific Railroad act was signed into law in 1862. Who was president at this time? (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Who did this land belong to? (Native American tribes)
  • Why were whites hired to kill buffalo? (so Native Americans would not need to roam the plains any more and would have to live on the reservations; to feed the men working to build the railroad.)
  • How did the railroad affect the buffalo? (they were scared of it)
  •  Why were the Black Hills important to the Lakota Sioux? (Holy Mountains; they believed sacred spirits of their people lived there.)
  • Why were the Black Hills important to the government? (They believed gold was there.)
  • Did the government honor their treaty to stay out of the Great Sioux Reservation? (no; thousands of gold seekers rushed to the Black Hills.)
  • What happened to Native Americans who refused to move to reservations? (They were killed)
  • Could Native Americans hunt buffalo on reservations? (No)
  • How did they eat? (farmed; given food)
  • Did the Native Americans like the schools for their children? (no, kids were taught English; had to live away from home at school; had to dress like white settlers.)
  • What did Sitting Bull do with the money he earned from the Wild West Show? (used it to help his people and the poor)
  • Does the Lakota tribe still live on reservations? (Many still do.)

Activities: K – 2:  Draw your own picture of Sitting Bull. Underneath the picture write 3 sentences telling 3 things you learned about this great chief.
3 – 5: From this site: read many statements spoken by Sitting Bull. Choose 5 quotes and copy them onto a separate sheet of paper. Then, tell why you think they are famous.
6 – 8: Choose one of the following for a 5 paragraph, 3 proof essay topic:

  1. In what ways did the U.S. government wrong the Lakota Sioux tribe?
  2. In your opinion why was Sitting Bull such a great Indian chief?
  3. Describe how Indian reservations killed Native American culture.

Copyright April 29th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette

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