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Sioux Tribe Records



Norman Marion, who has just arrived at Winnipeg, from the plains, gives the following incident which occurred during the fight between the Sioux, under Sitting Bull, and the United States troops, on July 20 last. The Sioux, consisting of 200 lodges, had crossed the boundary in pursuit of buffalo, and were attacked by two companies of United States troops and about 150 Cheyenne and Crows. After a severe fight the Sioux retired to the British side of the line. An incident occurred while the hostile forces were opposed to each other which carries one’s thoughts back to the days of chivalry. It appears that a celebrated Crow warrior, a powerful man, son of a famous chief of that tribe, had long boasted to the Americans that he only desired to come in contact with Sitting Bull, and promised that, would such an opportunity occur, Sitting Bull should no longer trouble them. True to his word, while the forces were drawn up against each other, the warrior was seen to detach himself from the Crows and approach the Sioux, bearing a sort of flag of peace. One warrior then stepped out from the ranks of the Sioux, bearing a similar taken. Upon nearing each other the first brave asked if Sitting Bull was among them. The Sioux answered in the affirmative. He said he desired to meet him in single combat, a s he intended to kill him. This message being delivered, that renowned warrior started out to meet his adversary, each putting his horse to a gallop, and when within a short distance of each other, the Crow took aim at Sitting Bull, but his rifle missed fire. Sitting Bull then fired, and his opponent fell dead. Sitting Bull then dismounted, scalped his fallen foe, mounted upon his opponent’s horse, and deliberately retried to his own party. The horse itself is a valuable animal, and as famous among the Indians as the warrior himself. Thus Sitting Bull added as much luster to his name by the capture of the horse as by the death of his opponent. When the Sioux retreated across the Milk River into British Territory Sitting Bull, with eight warriors, constituted himself the rear-guard for the protection of the main body, and was himself the last to cross over.
[From The Vernon Clipper, Lamar County, AL, Nov. 21, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney]




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