Conflict On The Great Plains

  • Sand Creek Massacre

    Sand Creek Massacre
    This event was one of the most infamous incidents of the Indian War. Took place in the spring of 1864 in the state of Colorado. Chivington was the general that led the attack on the Native Americans that he knew had surrender. However he still attacked the Indian village with about 700 of his soldiers and four howitzers.
  • Fetterman Massacre

    Fetterman Massacre
    The Fetterman Masacre took place in the state of South Dakota and was between 80 US soldiers and the Siox indians. a Sioux military leader named Crazy Horse acted as a decoy and lured a detachment of 80 soldiers into a deadly trap where hundreds of indian warriors were waiting to ambush and then killed the entire 80 soldiers.
  • Treaty of Fort Laramie

    Treaty of Fort Laramie
    At Fort Laramie a conference was held in the spring of 1868. The conference resulted with a treaty with the Siuox to bring peace to the whites and the Sioux. The Siuox agreed to settle in the Black Hills reservation in the Dakotas.
  • 1874 Discovery

    1874 Discovery
    In 1874 General Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills in the Dakotas. The hills were rumored to have gold so that is why the expedition occured.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    This event took place in the present day state of Montana. The Sioux Native Americans were protecting their rights by refusing to let the government by the Black Hills from them. Sitting Bull then gathered Sioux and Cheyenne warriors along the Little Bighorn River where they were later joined by Crazy Horse and his warriors. The US army was supposed to just round up the Native Americans and move them to reservations. But Colonel Custer was looking for glory and attacked the warriors, however he
  • Battle of Little Bighorn 2

    ....and his entire 250 soldiers were killed when they faced a force of thousands of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians.
  • Ghost Dance

    Ghost Dance
    When the Dawes Act changed the way of life and weakened the culture of the Native Americans the Sioux tribe turned to a prophet named Wovoka. Wovoka claimed that the Sioux needed a ritual known as the Ghost Dance to regain their former greatness.
  • Wounded Knee

    Wounded Knee
    After the the death of Sitting Bull several hundred Lakota Sioux Native Americans fled in fear to a creek called Wounded Knee in southwestern South Dakota. The army went there to collect the weapons of the Sioux. The fighting began when a pistol shot rang out and the army responded with fire. On that day more than 200 Sioux and 25 soldiers were killed.