I Am Looking to the North for My Life

Sitting Bull 1876 - 1881

What happened to the Sioux after Little Bighorn? In the winter of 1877, many escaped with Sitting Bull to Canada, precipitating an international incident and setting three governments at each other for five years. Resolution came only in 1881 with the demise of the buffalo herds in the Northwest Territories. Faced with starvation, the Sioux returned to the United States.

Relying upon primary source documents in both the United States and Canada, Manzione skillfully illustrates how two countries struggled to control a potentially explosive border situation while steadfastly looking the other way as a valiant culture came to its bitter fate.

Joseph Manzione is a doctoral candidate in history at the Unviersity of Michigan and adjunct assistant professor of history at Mercy College in Detroit.

Praise and Reviews:

"This belongs in all collections of American and/or Native America history."—Library Journal


"Valuable for scholars of comparative Indian policy...this book is a commendable contribution to Native American history"'—American Indian Quarterly

"A noteworthy addition to Sioux War literature and easily the most important account of the Sioux hegira to Canada."—Pacific Northwest Quarterly

 “Scholarly, yet lively reading.”
—Fort Worth Stockyards Gazette

“A sensitive, well-documented account.”

“The compelling, suspensefully told story of the denouement to one of the American West’s most decisive encounters. It will fascinate historians and students of American Indian affairs as well as general readers.”
—Gone West