By early 1881, Sitting Bull was the chief of only a small band of mostly older and sick people.
Without meat, Sitting Bull gave up his dream of independence and asked the Canadian government for rations.
After a period of confinement, Sitting Bull was assigned to the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota in 1883.
A Native American leader of the Sioux tribe in the late nineteenth century. He was a chief and medicine man when the Sioux took up arms against settlers in the northern Great Plains and against United States army troops. He was present at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, when the Sioux decisively defeated the cavalry led by Colonel George Custer. (See Custer's last stand.)