When the Northern Pacific
railroad was completed, Sitting Bull was invited to attend the
dedication ceremonies in Bismarck, North Dakota. When
asked to speak, the great chief rose and said: "I hate all white
people. You are thieves and liars. You have taken away
our land and made us outcasts in our own homelands."
was so stunned by Sitting Bull's affront that he lost his nerve,
and then told the audience that Sitting Bull said he was very happy
to be there and how much he looked forward to peace and prosperity
between the whites and the Indian people.
audience then gave Sitting Bull a standing ovation.