Black Bull, Tatanka-Sapa (d. 1897).

Black Bull was a Brulé Lakota Sioux Chief living near Moose Jaw. He then moved
to Dundurn (Prairie Ronde) and in 1885 he went north to join the Metis Resistance at
Batoche. He was also a veteran of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, where he was
wounded seven times. He was also badly wounded at Batoche.1

On April 24, 1885, the Minnedosa Tribune reported:

A band of twelve Sioux Indians from the reserve near Moose Jaw raided
Copeland’s store at Saskatoon this morning [on their way to Batoche]. They
demanded the arms and ammunition in the store, and on his refusing, they drew their
revolvers and threatened to kill him. Word has just been brought to the General who
has ordered out the scouts to bring them in.2

Tatanka Sapa, Black Bull (d. 1897), Brulé Lakota, who fled to Canada, but remained
there after other bands returned to the United States. He and his people lived near Moose
Jaw. The final Sioux reserve in Canada, Wood Mountain, was established in l9l3
Tasinaskawin (Brule / White Blanket Woman) was the widow of Black Bull, head of the
local band. Mrs. Wallis arranged for her burial in Moose Jaw Cemetery and for the
headstone which reads simply: “Tasinaskawin Brule, died April 3, 1910.”

Ron Papandrea, They Never Surrendered. Warren, Michigan: Author, 2003: 9.
Minnedosa Tribune, “The Rebellion,” April 24, 1885: 2.

Edited and Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell
Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research
Louis Riel Institute


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