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A Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man and war chief, notable for his role in the defeat of George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
(c. 1831 - 1890)

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Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!
 

Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.
 

Every seed is awakened, and all animal life.
 

God made me an Indian.
 

He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart, he put other different desires.
 

I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.
 

I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by his will I am chief.
 

I am nothing, neither a chief nor a soldier.
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I have killed, robbed, and injured too many white men to believe in a good peace. They are medicine, and I would eventually die a lingering death. I had rather die on the field of battle.
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I know Great Spirit is looking down upon me from above, and will hear what I say...
 

I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.
 

I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were.
 

I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie mice, for where an Indian is shut up in one place his body becomes weak.
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I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle.
 

If a man loses anything and goes back and looks carefully for it, he will find it.
 

If I agree to dispose of any part of our land to the white people I would feel guilty of taking food away from our children's mouths, and I do not wish to be that mean.
 

If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man, he would have made me so in the first place.
 

If we must die, we die defending our rights.
 

In my early days, I was eager to learn and to do things, and therefore I learned quickly.
 

Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?
 


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