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Standing Rock recovers Sitting Bull gravesite
5 February 2007

Sitting Bull
UTN photos Dennis J. Neumann; historic photo D. F. Barry, SHSND collections

TRIBAL CONTROL: At the request of the Standing Rock Tribe, the State of North Dakota has released a small, but significant parcel of land at Fort Yates, ND. Tribal Chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder (far left standing) accepted a resolution from the State Historical Society that returned the gravesite of his ancestor, Sitting Bull (inset). Five acres where the revered Lakota leader was buried in 1890 had been in state title since 1956. Back in tribal control, it will be developed to honor the memory of a "great leader and protector of the people," he said. Representing the state (to the right of the chairman) is SHSND Board Chairman Marvin L. Kaiser and ND Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

Isaac Dog Eagle Jr., another Sitting Bull descendant (inset below), said that a prayer, sung during the January 5 ceremony the ND Heritage Center in Bismarck, prayed for good relations with the people who returned the gravesite.


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