This 1885 photograph of Sitting Bull is was taken by DF Barry.
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President Obama will visit Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on
Friday, June 13. See IndianCountryToday.com (6-5-2014) for
the White House press release. The President says that he is
honoring Sitting Bull and his homeland in North Dakota. Obama
also intends to enhance economic development among First Nations.
In 2008, the US Congress passed a resolution apologizing on behalf
of the “people of the US to all Native peoples for the many instances
of violence, maltreatment and neglect inflicted upon Native Americans
by US citizens”. This resolution was signed by the President on
December 19, 2009. SJR 14 was sponsored by US Senator
Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and US Congressman Dan Brown
(D-Oklahoma). This Congressional expression urged American
presidents to “acknowledge wrongs and bring healing to this land”.
Other resources on Sitting Bull: pbs.org/weta/thewest –
a biography – also at SittingBull.org. See ehistory.org
and their work on “Indian Nations. During World War II,
Native American speakers were called the “code talkers” –
giving the Allied Command a secure, communication system.
In 2008, Native American code talkers were honored by the
US government with BRONZE MEDALS for their service
in World War II. The US Congress passed PL 110 – 420, in
that year. Twenty six coins were created by the US MINT. You
can see tribes honored – Hopi, Cheyenne, Sioux et al and the
high resolution art – for free – here’s the full address –