Chief Sitting Bull Tells His People of the Black Robes...

In the late 1880s, Father Jerome Hunt, OSB, invited Chief Sitting Bull to visit the Fort Yates school. Following is the speech the old warrior made to the children:

“My dear grandchildren, all of your folks are my relatives because I am a Sioux and so are they. I was glad to hear that the Black Robes have given you this school where you can learn to read, write and count the way white people do. You are also being taught a new religion. You are shown how the white men work and make things. You are living in a new path.

“My grandchildren, be good. Try to make a mark for yourselves. Learn all you can. With all my heart I thank my Black Robe friends for their goodness and kindness towards me.”


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