Westword expansion

Conflict on the Great Plains

  • Fetterman Massacre

    Fetterman Massacre
    In December 21, 1866, Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho indians lured a detatchment of 80 troops from a fort on Bozeman Trail. Hundreds of indian warriors were waiting in ambush and wiped out the whole detatchment.
  • Treaty of Fort Laramie

    Treaty of Fort Laramie
    Spring of 1868, a conference was held at Fort Laramie and a treaty would be signed. Custard leading a detatchment with miners headed into the black hills in search of gold. Upon finding gold, the miners demanded protection from the us army. Custards detatchment came upon a sioux and chyanne camp. Even though custards detatchment was annialated, the war in the blackhills still went on.
  • Sand Creek Massacre

    Sand Creek Massacre
    Caught in a gold ush, settlers became prey to indians. The U.S. government sent a colonel to quiet the indians. Upon ariving at the indian camp with infantry and artillary, the colonel raised his hand to signal his troops fire at the indians camp even though they have a white flag and an american flag raised. The massacre lasted most of the day. The few indians that were able to fight back held the white men so that a few members could escape up the creek. The chief made it to a cheyanne camp.
  • 1874 Discovery

    1874 Discovery
    In the Black Hills of Dakota, it was rumored that there was gold even though the government promised that "No white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy" or even "to pass through" these hills. Regarding those rules, Custard led an expedition to check for gold and the rumors were confirmed, "from the grass roots down". Prospectors over run the area.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    Colonel Custer scouted a native american camp where Sitting Bull gathered Sioux and Cheyenne warriors along the little bighorn river. Custer greatly underestimated the power of the native americans. Custer and his army of 250 all lost their lives.
  • Ghost Dance

    Ghost Dance
    After the Dawes Act, the sioux culture was greatly crushed. They were tol the only way to regain their power was to perform a ritual known as Ghost Dance.
  • Battle of Wounded Knee

    Battle of Wounded Knee
    After the raid on the reservation by police to stop the ghost dance and sitting bull's death, several hundred sioux escaped and met at wounded knee creek. A pistol shot range out, the army responded with fire. More than 200 sioux and 25 soilders were killed.