Little Bighorn Remembered

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Posted by Danalee Lavelle-Burroughs on November 15, 1999 at 10:14:45:

Rich mentioned Herman Viola's book in an earlier message. I want to second his 'vote'. I purchased this book as soon as it hit the bookstand because it is one of the few treatise on Little Big Horn from the Indian perspective. To wit, the fall out from that momentous event was not just Indians against White but Indians against Indians. The magnificent Crow people of southeast Montana and Arikara became scouts for the US government before things got nasty. As in so many instances in history, they believed the promises made to them by the US government which were given in exchange for their excellent tracking and scouting skills. The Crow were supreme equestrians and remain so to this day. Anyway, the Crow and Arikara took alot of flack from their native brethren for aiding the Cavalry. This conflict is highlighted in the book with excellent profiles on the various scouts that aided Custer. I met a descendant of one scout, known as Curly, when I attended the Spokane Tribal Celebration over Labor Day. Excellent book, not stuffy and, as Rich points out, full of wonderful drawings by several of the scouts themselves. Enjoy!

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