Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
Directed by genre expert Robert North Bradbury, Sitting Bull at the "Spirit Lake Massacre" was one of the only Westerns of the later silent era to actually feature a Native American in the lead role. Chief Yowlachie, a Yakima Indian from Washington State, appeared in the title role, albeit fifth-billed after Bryant Washburn, Anne Schaefer, Jay Morley, and Shirley Palmer. Unfortunately, Yowlachie and the rest of the cast were soundly defeated by nonexistent production values and poverty-stricken Sunset Production's lack of distribution. Yowlachie, however, survived in the business longer than his co-stars, appearing on-stage, screen, and in television well into the 1960s. Amazingly, the actor who became known for his Western villainy, had begun his professional life as an opera singer.