Video Interview with Sitting Bull’s Great-Grandson

Sitting Bull 1885

It was 123 years ago today, December 15, 1890, that Sitting Bull (shown above in 1885) was killed by Indian agency police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him for supporting the Ghost Dance movement.  During the ensuing struggle between Sitting Bull’s followers and the agency police, at 5:30 in the morning, Sitting Bull was shot in the side and head by Standing Rock policemen Lieutenant Bull Head (Tatankapah) and Red Tomahawk (Marcelus Chankpidutah) after the police were fired upon by Sitting Bull’s supporters. His body was taken to nearby Fort Yates for burial, but in 1953, his remains were possibly exhumed and reburied near Mobridge, South Dakota, by his Lakota family, who wanted his body to be nearer to his birthplace.

Until listening to this video, I never realized that Sitting Bull was betrayed by one of his own people, Henry Oscar One Bull, who was looking to make a name for himself.

Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull’s lineal great grandson, tells his great grandfather’s oral history. In this film clip he tells who the family holds most responsible for the death of Sitting Bull. Full two part DVD series available at This clip is from part two of ‘The Authorized Biography of Sitting Bull By His Great Grandson”.

At this link, you will find two videos, towards the bottom of this page.  Ignore the ad under the title, it has nothing to do with the LaPointe videos.

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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6 Responses to Video Interview with Sitting Bull’s Great-Grandson

  1. Michael says:

    Isn’t *any* great grandson a *lineal* descendent of the great grandfather? If there were a great, great grandson of the great grandfather’s father, then it would be possible that person could be a collateral descendent of the great grandfather, i.e. being a *lineal* descendent of one of the great grandfather’s siblings.

  2. Ron Clark says:

    Thanks for sharing. Ron

  3. I have some arrow heads that were made a grand son of his. they were a gift from roger woodwick who was a blood brother of his son. he lived in Shreveport,la at that time . roger’s son name was jet woodwick.. I also have pictures taken on his trip to his birth place. he died about two years later in his sleep. john schonfarber

    • Jett Woodwick says:

      I am Roger Woodwick’s son and I’m interested in what this article is about and any follow up information. My email is if someone could email me and let me know what this is about. I would love to have some back ground on this.

  4. Steve Bruton says:

    Having a difficult time utilizing PayPal while ordering Chief LaPoint’s DVD. Any discount codes available?

    Also, our Metal Works Studio (MW Studio) here in Burnsville, NC is in the process of finishing up a 13’ high 1000 pound likeness of Chief Sitting Bull’s head. We would like to contact Earnie LaPoint prior to showing it to the public.

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