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Did you know Sitting Bull wore a Crucifix?

William Kolb | The Daily Knight

Did you know Sitting Bull wore a crucifix?

On the Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, I was listening to a podcast on the history of Native Americans and Catholicism.

Contrary to what the liberal outlets say, many of the Native Americans respected and welcomed the “Black Robes” or missionary priests that came to their land.

As I was listening to the podcast, the narrator described the complete picture of Sitting Bull that is often seen cropped. The complete picture you don’t typically see is Sitting Bull wearing a large crucifix around his neck (pictured above).

The US Government was removing the freedoms and way of life of the Native American. Part of that freedom was freedom of religion.

Many of the Native Americans were Catholic and wanted to continue their faith. However, the US Government would not allow Catholic missionaries to remain on the land.

I’ve always had a great respect for Sitting Bull because he fought against a foreign influence wanting to change their traditions. Now I have even more admiration towards Sitting Bull after seeing the full picture of his embrace of Christ crucified.

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