The Eponymous Flower has a fantastic post on the topic of Sitting Bull and the Dakota people who were Catholics.
Sitting Bull was a fascinating and successful War leader of the Dakota people who gave the US Army one of its few decisive defeats in the Indian Wars, by crushing General Custer and his cavalry squadrons at the Battle of Little Big Horn. There is a famous picture, which was cropped, to conceal the crucifix he wore.
The U.S. government has refused to recognize the fact that the Lakota were disposed toward Catholicism, and initially refused chief Red Clouds petitions to bring in the "Black Gowns" since the government had only authorized Episcopalians to proselytize to the Natives.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Posted by Matthew
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