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Who Was Sitting Bull?:

And Other Questions about the Battle of Little Bighorn

by Judith P. Josephson

Winner, San Diego
Book Awards, 2012

By the mid-1800s, thousands of white settlers were traveling westward through the Great Plains. Pioneers built farms and ranches, and companies laid railroads and dug mines. But the vast Great Plains were also the homeland and hunting grounds for many Native Americans. To protect their lands, Native American warriors attacked travelers and white homes and settlements. The U.S. government kept making promises to the Indians that they would keep white settlers and soldiers out of Native American territories in exchange for land. But in treaty after treaty, the government broke its promises. Many battles followed. One of the most famous was the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 in Montana. It pitted U.S. military leader Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his men against Native American leaders Chief Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and their warriors. The outcome of this last great battle of the American West changed history.

Find answers to questions like "What Native American groups took part in the battle?" "What happened to the U.S. soldiers?" "After the battle, how did life change for Native Americans?" Also find websites, activities, and other books about the Battle of Little Bighorn.


"The six questions are clearly stated and are the guiding questions for its chapters. Author includes sufficient background and enough detail to answer the queries. Sidebars, quotes, primary-source excerpts, and period art and contemporary photos augment the text. The question-and-answer format will help readers identify and understand the topic's most salient aspects and will sharpen their nonfiction reading skills."

— School Library Journal

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