Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Santee chief who led a failed uprising against the U.S. government in the 1860s. Little Crow is notable for having initially supported peace with the United States; however, he declared war after his people called him a coward and pressured him into proving his strength. A weak and at times incompetent leader who failed to maintain control over his followers, Little Crow won few victories against American troops and was later forced to flee into Canada with his remaining followers. He later returned to the U.S. and surrendered to the United States. Little Crow’s career as Santee chief is of particular importance in Native American history because it partly inspired Sitting Bull to take up arms against the United States instead of pursuing peaceful means of negotiation.

Little Crow Quotes in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Chapter 3 Quotes

Little Crow rejected their arguments. The white men were too powerful, he said. Yet he admitted the settlers would exact bitter vengeance because women had been killed. Little Crow’s son, who was present, said later that his father's face grew haggard and great beads of sweat stood out on his forehead.

Related Characters: Little Crow
Page Number: 43
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Little Crow Character Timeline in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Chapter 3: Little Crow’s War
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In 1862, a Santee chief named Little Crow began to organize his people. Little Crow, an elderly man, had signed both of the... (full context)
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Little Crow blamed himself for his people’s suffering. One night, Santee tribesmen came to Little Crow, informing... (full context)
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Little Crow organized a raid on a U.S. government agency. The raid resulted in the deaths of... (full context)
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...neighboring branches of the Sioux tribe, including the Wahpeton and the Sisseton, arrived to join Little Crow . The next day, he led a second raid on Fort Ridgley. This time, Little... (full context)
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On September 1, Little Crow proposed a raid on the private army of Colonel Henry H. Sibley, a fur trader.... (full context)
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Shortly afterwards, Sibley sent Little Crow an offer to negotiate, provided that Little Crow return all prisoners of war. Little Crow... (full context)
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On September 22, Little Crow began planning a raid on Sibley’s army at Wood Lake. In the morning, his men... (full context)
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Little Crow led his remaining followers into Canada. By June, however, he’d decided to return to Minnesota... (full context)
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In December 1863, U.S. troops crossed the Canadian border in search of Little Crow ’s remaining men. There, they found the men under the command of two of Little... (full context)