South Dakota

Where is Sitting Bull Monument?

Debate over the authenticity of the remains at the Mobridge, South Dakota
Sitting Bull
Sitting Bull

A site on the west side of the Missouri overlooking Mobridge, South Dakota is the current semi-official location of Sitting Bull's remains. How he ended up there is a tale worthy of the Wild West.

Sitting Bull was shot in a tragic confrontation with Standing Rock Agency "police officers" in December of 1890. The chief, seven of his supporters, and six officers were killed in the melee. His body was taken to Ft. Yates in North Dakota and buried in a wooden coffin.

There it presumably remained until 1953 when a band of enthusiastic South Dakotans exhumed his bones at the Ft. Yates site and brought them back to the Mobridge area. Whoever or whatever they brought back was buried on the grassy bluff above the Missouri.

A debate over the authenticity of the remains at the Mobridge site has ensued over the years. Even so, an effort by the non-profit Sitting Bull Monument Foundation has been attempting to raise funds to rehabilitate the badly vandalized site.

Somehow a certain
Sitting Bull Monumen
Sitting Bull Monumen

sadness arises when one thinks about the way Sitting Bull's legacy has been mangled by attempts to use his remains as a trophy. An earnest look at the history of the Great Plains will validate Sitting Bull's supreme courage and his dedication to the preservation of his culture. A true monument to this man would be to carefully preserve and record the authentic narrative of his life.
Author: EVM STAFF on 04/22 2011
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