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Spirts of American Indians hover over hills along Little Bighorn Valley.

On June 25-26, 1876, the U.S. Army attacked a large group of Native Americans (from Sioux, Cheyenne and other tribes) camped near the banks of the Little bighorn River on the plains of south-central Montana.  When the fighting ended in the late afternoon of June 26 about 263 soldiers lay dead.

George Custer, a West Point Military Academy graduate and leader of the soldiers during the attack was found dead on a hill near the river.  Estimates by historians say the Native Americans, led by Crazy Horse, Gall, Sitting Bull, and others lost only a few warriors. 

This was a monumental victory for the Native Americans.  No easy task to defeat heavily armed soldiers of the U.S. Army.  This was the last major battle in America’s war with Native Americans.

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument near Hardin, Montana, is a reminder of the great struggle by Native Americans to protect their ancient culture and way of life.  This is by far the top historical site in Montana.  A must see. 

Stay in Billings, Montana the night before you drive the short distance to the battlefield near Hardin.

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