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  • 1834

    Government passed act that designated the entire Great Plains as one enormous reservation, or land aside for Native Americans.
  • 1850's

    Government changed policy and created treaties that defined specific boundaries for each tribe.
  • Massacre at Sand Creek

    Massacre at Sand Creek
    Chivington and his troops descended on the Cheyenne and Arapaho. 200 warriors and 500 women and children camped at Sand Creek. At dawn, over 150 inhabitants were killed, mostly children and women.
  • Fetterman Massacre

    Fetterman Massacre
    Warrior Crazy Horse ambushed Captain William J. Fetterman. Over 80 soldiers were killed. Natives called this Battle of Hundred Slain.
  • Treaty of Fort Laramie

    Treaty of Fort Laramie
    Treaty which the Sioux agreed to live on a reservation along the Missour River. Sitting Bull didn't sign.
  • Red River War

    Red River War
    War broke out between the Kiowa and Comanche and the U.S. army. The army was ordered to go in and kill all and hang all chiefs and bring women and children back.
  • Custer's trip to Black Hills

    Custer's trip to Black Hills
    Custer reported that the Black Hills had gold.
  • Custer's last stand (battle of the Big Horn)

    Custer's last stand (battle of the Big Horn)
    Led by Crazy Horse, Gall, and Sitting Bull, with raised spears and rifles, they outflanked and kill Custer and his crew.
  • Dawes Act

    Dawes Act
    This act broke up the reservations and gave some of the reservation land to individual Native Americans.
  • Wounded Knee

    Wounded Knee
    Native Americans were told to give up weapons, and a shot was fired. They don't know who fired it but then war broke out slaughtering over 300 Native Americans.