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Historical Events & Related Products

Historical Events & Related Products

September is showing the change in season as the first leaves begin to fall from the trees and preparations are being made for the winter. Time changes the environment and the futures for all of us.

September 1804: Lewis & Clark pass the Pawnee House, a Trading Post 2.5 miles below present day Fort Randall Dam.

September 3, 1855: Ash Hollow Massacre, Colonel William Harney uses 1300 soldiers to massacre an entire Brule' village in retribution for the killing of 30 soldiers who were killed in retribution for the killing of the Brule' chief, Conquering Bear, in a dispute over a cow.

September 1865: The Cheyenne Chief Roman Nose, in revenge for the Sand Creek Massacre, led several hundred Cheyenne Warriors in a siege of the Cole and Walker columns of exhausted and starving soldiers who were attempting to return to Fort Laramie. Because the Cheyennes' were only armed with bows, lances and a few old trade guns, they were unable to overrun the soldiers, but they did harass them for several days until they were rescued by Connor's returning column.

September 5, 1877: The Death of Crazy Horse, rumors circulated all summer long that Crazy Horse was going to attack, instead he was arrested on September 5, 1877, he was brought to Fort Robinson on this same date and while resisting arrest he was stabbed in the back with a bayonet and died from his injuries. This was the beginning of the end for the resistance of his beloved Oglala Lakota, his name is still honored to this day as a brave and wise warrior leader.

September 4, 1886: Geronimo is captured, When Geronimo surrendered at Skeleton Canyon, AZ., he had been a legend for more than a generation. He made a name for himself first by defying the Mexican government and then by escaping from the reservation system that the U.S. government was determined to impose on him and his Chiricahua Apaches. He dies of natural causes in 1909 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and is still remembered to this day as a brave and wise warrior leader.

September 2, 1948: 8 Survivors of the Little Big Horn Battle (Greasy Grass) pose for a picture by local photographer Bill Groethe. The 8 are Little Warrior, Pemmican, Little Soldier, Dewey Beard, John Sitting Bull, High Eagle, Iron Hawk and Comes Again. These are the survivors 72 years after the battle and represent the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapahoe who had defeated Custer and the 7th Cavalry.

  1. Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life

    Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life

    $24.95
    This book offers a new, richly detailed, and meticulously documented biography of the famous nineteenth-century Oglala leader who has become an icon of Native American resistance. Learn More
  2. The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices

    The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices

    $14.95
    In the dawn of November 29, 1864, a Colorado militia unit attacked a peaceful encampment of Cheyenne by Sand Creek in southeast Colorado Territory and murdered almost two hundred men, women and children. Learn More
  3. A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806

    A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806

    $49.95
    On a spring day in March of 1805, Meriwether Lewis paused in his Fort Mandan routine to write to his mother. Lewis's letter was more exploration report than personal narrative, he had to report on his findings. Learn More
  4. From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches 1874-1886

    From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches 1874-1886

    $24.95
    In the decade after the death of their revered chief Cochise in 1874, the Chiricahua Apaches struggled to survive as a people and their relations with the U.S. government further deteriorated. Learn More
  5. Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War: 1854-1856

    Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War: 1854-1856

    $19.95
    In previous accounts, the U.S. Army's first clashes with the powerful Sioux tribe appear as a set of irrational events with a cast of improbable characters - a mormon cow, a brash lieutenant, a drunken interpreter, an unfortunate Brule' chief and an incorrigible army commander. Learn More
  6. The Sand Creek Massacre

    The Sand Creek Massacre

    $19.95
    Sometimes called the "Chivington Massacre" by those who would emphasize his responsibility for the attack and "The Battle of Sand Creek" by those who would imply that it was not a massacre, this event has become one of our nation's most controversial Indian conflicts. Learn More
  7. The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

    The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

    $26.95
    A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man's attempt to take over Indian lands. A story for the ages. Learn More
  8. Custer, Black Kettle, and the Fight on the Washita

    Custer, Black Kettle, and the Fight on the Washita

    $19.95
    Using Cheyenne and Arapaho accounts, Charles Brill tells the story of General George Armstrong Custer's winter campaign on the southern plains in 1868-69, including his attack on Black Kettle's village on the snowy banks of the Washita River. Learn More
  9. The Death Of Crazy Horse

    The Death Of Crazy Horse

    $15.95
    A tragic episode in Lakota history.

    On May 6, 1877, less than a year after his overwhelming victory at Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse, the charismatic Oglala Sioux whose name had become the epitome of Indian resistance to white encroachment, surrendered at Camp Robinson, Nebraska Territory. A young man of slight build and quiet ways, dramatically at odds with his extraordinary influence and stature, he was viewed by the military as a potential civil leader of all Sioux Learn More
  10. Geronimo: A Fast-Paced Biography

    Geronimo: A Fast-Paced Biography

    $30.00
    A fast-paced biography of the most famous North American Indian of all time, with new material to reveal the man behind the legend. Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache fighter Geronimo captured the public imagination in his own time and remains a figure of mythical proportion today. Learn More

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