The Forgotten Native Americans
In 1876, the U.S. government ordered all Native Americans to move to their reservations by January 31 or be declared hostile. Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and others defied the order. The Army was then called in and started many battles with Lakota bands. On June 25, 1876, General Custer and approximately 600 cavalry were defeated, including Custer and 200 of his men, by a combined force of Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians in the famous Battle of the Little Big Horn. The Indians' victory was short-lived, however, and the last vestiges of their autonomy were eroded by the U.S. government over the ensuing 20 years.
"They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it."
-Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Chief, shortly before his death in 1909
I visited Little Big Horn on my trip through Montana. Here are a few photos: