Sitting bulls' great-grandson claims he knew his ancestry from childhood, but historians say that you can not trust oral history of the natives

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
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It's been 14 years since Ernie LaPointe‚ a South Dakota author‚ claimed to be the great grandson of Sitting Bull. A member of the Lakota tribe‚ he has spent the last 14 years trying to establish his historical progeny. DNA testing has verified this claim and given him some new proof: he is Sitting Bull's great grandson. Ernie LaPointe‚ Sitting Bull's great-grandson‚ never thought he was related to the legendary Native American leader until he received DNA confirmation. He had always known he was a descendant of the brave and his family had family tree and birth certificates to prove it. But DNA proved the family lineage was true‚ and he was thrilled. The number four is significant in Lakota culture‚ and his great-grandfather was definitely related to him. LaPointe's great-grandfather's DNA was tested by a Danish scientist in 2007. The hair lock had been preserved in the Smithsonian for years‚ but only 14 years ago was it returned to Sitting Bull's family. The DNA confirmation came as a surprise to LaPointe‚ who was visiting the One Nation Walk Together in Colorado Springs‚ Colorado. While he and his sisters were at the event‚ they were surprised by the news.

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Ernie LaPointe is the great-grandson and great-grandson the legend chief Sitting Bull stands before the war bonnet of chief Red Eagle at Uebersee Museum Bremen in Bremen (Germany)‚ 03/11/2016 Ingo Wagner/Picture Alliance/Getty Images

  • Last week‚ DNA was published to confirm that Ernie LaPointe is Sitting Bull's great-grandson.
  • Insider was told by LaPointe that he knew his ancestral lineage since childhood‚ and first learned it through oral histories.
  • The DNA confirmation will allow him to move the remains of his great-grandfathers to a location that will respect them‚ he hopes.

A study Published last week‚ Ernie LaPointe (a Lakota man of 73 years who lives in South Dakota) knew that he was the great-grandson or Tatanka IIyotake‚ the famous Lakota Sioux leader Sitting Bull. Still‚. news headlines ran the great-grandson of Sitting Bulls was identified. This gave the impression that the descendant had just been found. Insider was told by LaPointe that the DNA test‚ which was done using a 130 year-old hair sample from him‚ was only one way his ancestry could be confirmed. It was known by my mother. LaPointe stated that this is how it was for me. He also said there are always historians or anthropologists who question their claims. Researchers at The University of Texas even confirmed his oral history with his mother. Smithsonian he said that experts could say‚ "You cannot trust Native oral history." LaPointe says that the Lakota do not create stories. The realm of spirits is where we live. They are all around us. You don't want to tell any lies about anyone. Sitting bull he lived between 1831 and 1890. Perhaps his most famous achievement in 1876 at the Olympics is what he is best remembered for. Battle of little bighorn custers last stand or Battle of GreasyGrass by Natives‚ was also known as He was crazy horse led united tribes against the General George Armstrong Custers forces who sent them to force Indigenous people onto reservation. This battle was regarded as the greatest Native American victory and the worst US Army defeat of the Plains Indian Wars. Sitting Bull‚ an Indian Police officer trying to capture him for the US government was shot and killed at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 1890. LaPointe was the first to be approached by researchers in 2007. He stated that he wanted DNA confirmation so it could help him in his attempts to locate his great-grandfather's remains. I am his blood‚ his genes and DNA.

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LaPointe stated that all I am is someone who tells his story as honestly as possible. He also said that Sitting Bulls' remains must be treated with respect and honor. Sitting Bull is currently buried at two places‚ each of which are popular with tourists. He was originally buried in Fort Yates‚ North Dakota. It is part of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. According to LaPointes' account‚ Sitting Bull's relatives took the remains and covered them in darkness‚ then moved them to Mobridge (South Dakota) in 1953. He says that neither his gravesite is being treated with the respect that his great-grandfather deserves. The DNA evidence of his ancestry should help him present his case to the government to obtain a permit for exhumation and DNA analysis to show that the remains found in South Dakota belong to Sitting Bull. Although he isn't sure exactly where the remains should be moved‚ he hopes to locate a suitable final resting spot for his great-grandfather. LaPointe stated that there are many Natives who feel wronged and have suffered injustice from the American government. He should be treated with respect.