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Battle at the Little Bighorn

Battle at the Little Bighorn

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The Laramie Agreement

The Laramie Agreement

In late 1875, Sioux and Cheyenne Indians were angered at the whites travelling into their sacred lands in the Black Hills.

To avoid disputes with the Indian tribes the U.S. Govt. Made treaties to recognize Indians rights to most of the Great Plains.

But, gold had been reported in the Black Hills and miners entered the region unconcerned with the treaty.

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Promises Broken

Promises Broken

With promise after promise broken by the government, the Sioux gathered with Sitting Bull to fight for their lands, leaving their assigned reservations.

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CUSTER

CUSTER

To force the large Indian army back to the reservations, the Army sent Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

Spotting the Sioux village about fifteen miles away along the Rosebud River on June 25, Custer also found a nearby group of about forty warriors.

I was a

great Civil

War leader

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Out Numbered

Out Numbered

Ignoring orders to wait, Custer decided to attack before the Calvary could alert the main party.

He did not realize that the number of warriors in the village numbered three times his strength.

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Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse

Cheyenne and Hunkpapa Sioux together crossed the river and slammed into the advancing soldiers, forcing them back

Meanwhile, another force, largely Oglala Sioux under Crazy Horse's command, surrounded Custer and his men. They began pouring in gunfire and arrows.

Sitting Bull had many followers!

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Last Stand

Last Stand

As the Indians closed in, Custer ordered his men to shoot their horses and stack the carcasses to form a wall, but they provided little protection against bullets.

In less than an hour, Custer and his men were killed in the worst American military disaster ever.

Custers last stand!

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REVENGE

REVENGE

Little Bighorn showed the Indians' power. They had achieved their greatest victory

Outraged over the death of a popular Civil War leader the US Government was determined to fight back.

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