Short Bull, a member of the Sioux tribe, was born in about 1845. He became active in the Ghost Dance movement and in 1890 visited Wovoka at Pyramid Lake, Nevada.
After the murder of Sitting Bull and the events that led up to Wounded Knee Massacre Short Bull was imprisoned at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
In 1891 Short Bull was released from custody and he was permitted to join Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show. He remained for several years and made several trips to Europe.
Short Bull died on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota in 1915.