"Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness, and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again." (Crazy Horse)
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As he lay dying, Tashunke Witco, whose name is literally translated as "His Horse is Spirited" or "His Horse is Crazy", refused to be placed on an army cot, and he insisted upon being placed on the floor. He had spent his life avoiding white people whenever possible, and after he died, his cousin, Touch the Clouds, pointed to the blanket covering the dead chief's body and said, "This is the lodge of Crazy Horse."
Throughout his life, Tashunke Witco tried to live the life his people had enjoyed for centuries. He never signed a treaty with the US government and was never photographed, largely because he wanted to avoid contact with the settlers encroaching further west upon Native American lands.