Essay on The Battle Of The Little

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On June 25, 1876, approximately six fateful months after the Commissioner of Indian Affairs issued a strong ultimatum requiring all Native Americans in the northern plains to relocate to a designated reservation, the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Native American tribes remained in the golden, rugged foothills of south-central Montana, near the Little Bighorn River ("Battle of the Little Bighorn"). Lieutenant George Armstrong Custer was attempting an element of surprise attack with all his troops as they marched forward to the massive camp to terminate the tribes. But the Native Americans were ready to fight, and they had no crippling doubts or fears. In the words of Low Dog, an Oglala Sioux, "I did not think anyone would come and attack us so strong as we were” ("Battle of the Little Bighorn”). At dawn the following day, the various cavalries and Native American nomads clashed in an ongoing two-day battle, which would result in many casualties of white men, including Custer himself; the gusto and arrogance that Custer embodied was banished ("Battle of the Little Bighorn”). The Native Americans’ strong victory was short lived, as the next 150 years buried some 560 federally recognized tribes into an abominable inferno they are still trying to crawl out of (Marr).
About 338 miles south of the Little Bighorn battlefield, a “third world country” sprawls across southwestern South Dakota near the tourist attraction of the Black Hills; the astounding beauty of the…

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