Sitting Bull, known for his acts of heroism among the Lakota people, was originally referred to as “Slow” in regards to his deliberate manners. As one of the renowned chiefs, in the long line of chiefs, he was born in the year 1831 in the place which is now known as South Dakota. As the child of a warrior among the Sioux people, Sitting Bull aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps but did not show any talent or skill for battle, earning him the nickname “Slow.” During his early years, Sitting Bull joined war parties after he turned fourteen, earning prestige for himself through his acts of valor and heroism in battles. He finally took on the role of a chief in 1857, and during his leadership phase, his skills were continuously tested during his encounters with the white Americans.
Most of his life was subjected to struggling against the oppressive rule of the American nation. It was during the year 1863 when he opposed and faced on American soldiers for the time, in war. He took part in another war against the American troops, in the Battle of Killdeer Mountain. Sitting Bull, as a leader was against the notion of separating children from their parents and sending them away to study at boarding schools. He believed that these children were subjected to the hardship of changing their ways and their little minds were being forced to assimilate the American culture. He viewed this change as nothing more than an end to their social and cultural norms. In one of his quotes, he mentioned that his belief in the Great Spirit relates to the fact that they were not supposed to be white because if that were the situation than the Great Spirit would have made them white. Sitting Bull’s defense for his people was to ensure the survival of his people, the social and cultural norms and traditions of his people.