Sitting Bull Monument – Mobridge, South Dakota

sittingbullmonument.jpgIn Mobridge, South Dakota you will have the opportunity to view the Sitting Bull Monument. The Sitting Bull reburial was back in 1953 to the area that had been home to him.

The gravesite of the Sioux Indian, Chief Sitting Bull, leader of the Sioux tribe is one you should visit.

He was born on the Grand River a few miles west of Mobridge in March 1831. He was not a hereditary chief, but he acquired whatever power possessed through personal qualities which appealed to his people. Sitting Bull’s tragic end came at the very place he was born. The great Sioux leader was shot by Indian police in 1890 while resisting arrest and his body was placed in a simple grave without ceremony in Ft. Yates, ND. Mobridge became nationally known when, on a dark and stormy April night in 1953, relatives of Sitting Bull to a gravesite just west across the river from Mobridge.

Location: The access road to the monument is 4 miles off the junction of US Hwy 12 on SD Hwy 1806.

The gravesite is open to the public free of charge. 


  1. Kay Anderson says:

    Sitting Bull’s bones were removed from Ft Yates by a group of Mobridge men and and his relative (granddaughter, I believe). My grandfather, Julius Skaug, was a Mobridge lawyer who orchestrated bringing Sitting Bull’s remains back to their land. The group took two cars during the night to get the remains. A Monument Bust was erected over a concrete base. I attended the ceremony dedicating the monument. Many people attended including his relatives, congressional an other dignitaries. I have several pictures from the event. I have heard people have used the bust to shoot at and have defaced it. This is too bad. My Grandfather wrote about Sitting Bull and many Indian (now Native American). I believe my grandmother Skaug visited the reservation and helped the people.
    We had beautiful black wool wedding dress (with 600 shark teeth, many moccasins, an incredible beaded saddle blanket, peace pipe, old doll, and more. After I was married and away from home my Mom gave it all to the New Mexico museum. I felt a real loss and feel all should be in South Dakota or the museum in Washington. I don’t even think I have pictures of this collection.
    I do have a rare, framed photograph of Sitting Bull in full head dress.

  2. Paul Larsen says:

    One of the men moving the remains was a Mobridge banker, Dan Heupel … until quite recently his son Jim owned the burial site and then sold it to several South Dakotans who promised to restore and dignify the monument – the monument bust was carved by Korczak Ziolkowski, the sculptor who began the Crazy Horse Memorial, using a piece of granite blasted from the Crazy Horse site.

  3. The use of the word “Sioux” as the “tribe” which Sitting Bull (Tantanka Iyotake, in “Americanized” Lakota) was a member is not merely offensive to many First Nations Peoples in what the world now calls “America”, it is inaccurate. The proper word is Lakota. “Sioux” is a derivation of the French “Nadouessioux”, which in turn was derived from an Odawa word which most likely meant “speaks a foreign language”. Think about how humiliating it would be for the entire world to refer to your own People by a name which is not your own — imagine the English being known as “those smelly people who live on that diseased island” — and you will have only begun to understand why the “Sioux” and other “Indians” learned to not trust the White Man. You will perhaps be able to understand why Tatanka Iyotake fought so hard to protect HIS People.

  4. Darryl & Sylvia Bubar says:

    On a trip following the Lewis and Clark trail in June of 2012 one of the places we stopped at was the Sitting Bull Monument in South Dakota. We were very dissapointed because the area was a mess the grass wasn’t mowed, there was litter every where and the monument wasn’t it good shape. What or who is taking care of this site??????

  5. The site was purchased several years ago by Bryan Defender and Rhett Albers who list their address as Box 729 Mobridge, SD 57601. They promised to take care of the site but do not. I work t the museum in Mobridge(Klein Museum) and have complaints every day. If you would like to contact the people that own it, please write them at the above address. It is a disgrace.