Jumping Bull and Adoption

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Assiniboine (Native American) captive and warrior leader of the Lakota Sioux Jumping Bull was an Assiniboine boy, captured by Sitting Bull during a battle. Sitting Bull adopted the child as his brother (thereby saving his life) and named him Hohay (Jumping Bull). Hohay became devoted to Sitting Bull and when he retired from warfare, Jumping Bull took his place as war leader.

He was also a prominent leader of the Ghost Dance religion, the suppression of which was the motive for the massacre of Native Americans by US soldiers at Wounded Knee, where he and Sitting Bull were both killed.


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