Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull Signature Crisply signed on the reverse of a trade card for the "Randall House Location Fort Randall Dakota" by the legendary Sioux leader and medicine man. Born in 1834, Sitting Bull, while head of the Sioux War Council of 1875, was not truly "pro war." He stayed back when Crazy Horse and the Indian tribes massacred General George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry Regiment on June 25, 1876. Several years later, in 1881, Sitting Bull surrendered and was sent to the reservation. Aside from a brief tour with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885, he generally stayed on the reservation until the "Ghost Dance Uprising" of 1890. Sitting Bull was arrested by the military along with thousands of other Indians. For reasons unclear to this date, but apparently as a form of reprisal, he was killed in by soldiers in 1890. The trade card on which Sitting Bull's signature appears is, in its own right, a great collectible. Apparently distributed to encourage visitors during the Indian Wars of the 1880's - a rather daunting marketing initiative - it states in part: "For all who visit the most pleasant military post on the frontier. Although in Indian Country, this fort is strongly garrisoned and safe from danger. Tourists and others will find it a safe place to visit". Faint handwriting across the top border of the card reads: "G Anderson NSA Fort Randall Dakota" followed by the date Jan 28, 1882. With Sitting Bull having surrendered the year prior, it is reasonable to assume this is the date Mr. Anderson obtained his autograph. A great piece of Western American history. Included is an 8" tall statue of Sitting Bull, signed "D Monfor 1935," very slightly damaged. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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