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By Brad D. Lookingbill

  • An available and authoritative assessment of the scholarship that has formed our figuring out of 1 of the main iconic battles within the historical past of the yank West
  • Combines contributions from an array of revered students, historians, and battlefield scientists
  • Outlines the political and cultural stipulations that laid the root for the Centennial crusade and examines how George Armstrong Custer grew to become its figurehead
  • Provides an in depth research of the conflict maneuverings at Little Bighorn, paying distinctive cognizance to Indian testimony from the battlefield
  • Concludes with a piece analyzing how the conflict of Little Bighorn has been mythologized and its pervading impact on American culture

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These were not actual reservations but hunting grounds the government had allocated to each tribe. Such division of lands was unnecessary from the Indian perspective: they were accustomed to following game wherever they wanted. Although there had always been some neutral grounds between the tribes, such drawing of borders did not 20 r a n i ‐ h e n r i k a n d e r ss o n correspond to the realities of life on the Plains. Soon after the signing of the treaty, the Oglalas living south of the Platte River heard that they no longer had the right to be in the area.

In 1886, the battlefield and adjoining cemetery were designated as the National Cemetery of Custer’s Battlefield Reservation. In 1946, it became the Custer Battlefield National Monument. In 1991, it became Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. In the beginning, the battlefield mostly displayed the heroics of the 7th Cavalry but neglected the Indian points of view. In recent years, a new monument for Indian casualties has been created. Today, native accounts are an integral part of the story presented to tourists.

Despite the criticism of being too one‐sided, Brown’s work should be perceived as the much needed alternative to the one‐sided history that has dominated. Some scholarship from this type of approach can be quite effective, but can sometimes generate works that defy reality or ineffectively propagate assumptions of Indian superiority or supernaturalism. Such criticism has been aimed at the scholarship of Peter Powell. This approach does not necessarily tell a complete story and could potentially turn non‐Indians off to the so‐called Indian perspective.

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