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Sitting Bull's headdress on display

2005-06-28T23:00:00Z Sitting Bull's headdress on displayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 28, 2005 11:00 pm  • 

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) -- The headdress worn by Lakota Chief Sitting Bull is being displayed at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame here, while renovations are made at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates.

Ron His Horse Is Thunder, president of the college and a descendant of Sitting Bull, said the 130-year-old war bonnet has 75 eagle feathers representing the number of brave deeds Sitting Bull did in his lifetime and signifying that he was the supreme Sioux chief.

''The headdress truly shows the greatness of who Sitting Bull was as an individual," His Horse Is Thunder said. ''The public should be able to see who he truly was as a man."

The headdress will remain in Medora for at least a year while college officials continue fund-raising for a permanent, on-campus display.

Cowboy Hall of Fame director Darrell Dorgan said the headdress is ''a national treasure."

''We are thrilled that this is coming to us," he said. ''And I think that there are thousands and thousands of people who are going to see this over the next year. I don't believe there are many people in the country that even realize this exists."

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