American and Canadian authorities were unhappy with this turn of events and the Canadian government, fearful that his presence would incite intertribal or racial warfare, refused Sitting Bull's request for a reservation. The task of surveillance was assigned to Major James Morrow WALSH of the NWMP who came to sympathize with and admire the chief. But the government stood firm in refusing reservation and food, and gradually the hungry Sioux began returning to accept American promises of rations. Among the last to surrender to the threat of starvation was the old chief who was finally settled at Standing Rock Reserve in N Dakota.
Author GRANT MACEWAN
Links to Other Sites
Watch the Heritage Minute about Sitting Bull from the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.
The website for the Galafilm documentary series "CHIEFS," which is devoted to the life stories of First Nations leaders, including Sitting Bull, Pontiac, Joseph Brant, Black Hawk, and Poundmaker.
Fort Walsh National Historic Site
This Fort Walsh National Historic Site in Saskatchewan was an early North West Mounted Police/Royal Canadian Mounted Police post (circa 1878-83). A Parks Canada website.
This series is the saga of five great First Nations chiefs -- Sitting Bull, Pontiac, Joseph Brant, Black Hawk and Poundmaker. Their stories form a central drama of the history of the North American continent. Features still photos and video clips. A National Film Board website.