famous war leader of the Lakota, he became feared by other tribes in the early
1850s for his skill in battle and continued fighting against U.S. expansion
until his death. From a young age, he reportedly had trance visions of himself
as a great warrior. He became an expert at luring cocky U.S. battalions into
ambushes by pretending to be an injured, vulnerable target. Most famously, he
led his tribe into the Battle of Little Bighorn, which left 268 soldiers dead
including George Custer and two of his brothers.