White men like to dig in the ground for their food. My people prefer to hunt the buffalo as their fathers did. White men like to stay in one place. My people want to move their tipis here and there to the different hunting grounds. The life of white men is slavery. They are prisoners in towns and farms. The life of my people is a life of freedom. I have seen nothing the white man has, houses or railways or clothing or food, that is as good as the right to move in the open country, and live in our own fashion.

Sitting Bull, May 10, 1883.   Fort Yates, Dakota Territory