Essay on The Battle Of The Greasy Grass

1184 Words Apr 28th, 2016 5 Pages
lived on for hundreds of years. He also presents an interesting opinion on the chief Red Cloud, who made negotiations with the United States Government to sell land in an attempt to protect his people. The members of Black Elk’s tribe recognized that with every negotiation made, the whites always wanted more, and so they lost respect for their leader, whom they saw as weak.
In the ninth chapter, Black Elk and his friends share their memories of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or as they refer to it, “the Battle of the Greasy Grass.” Once again, Neihardt is able to transcribe first-hand accounts of a major event in United States history. Black Elk describes more minor battles throughout the text, and in the tenth chapter shares his sentiments on the Agreement of 1877, part of a land dispute still existing today between the Sioux and the United States Government:
...the Black Hills had been sold to the Wasichus and also all the country west of the Hills - the country we were in then. I learned when I was older that our people did not want to do this. The Wasichus went to some of the chiefs alone and got them to put their marks on the treaty… Sometimes I think it might have been better if we had stayed together and made them kill us all. (135)
Neihardt once again exposes the United States Government for their deceit, and shares the hurt it caused many Indian tribes, including Black Elk and his people. The Sioux holy man also provides first-hand experiences of the legendary…

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