Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man (circa 1831-1890) known for his steadfast opposition to the intrusion of the US government into Sioux lands. Fleeing to Canada following the Battle of Little Big Horn, he later returned to the US and toured with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Fearing his growing influence, government agents fatally shot him during an arrest attempt at Standing Rock Agency on December 15, 1890. Exceptionally rare ink signature, "Sittin[g B]ull,” on a fragile off-white 3.75 x 1.75 slip, affixed to a larger sheet. In very good condition, with ink erosion affecting the signature, and no doubt responsible for the paper loss which has rendered two letters missing. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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