Conflict on the great plains

  • Homestead act of 1862

    Homestead act of 1862
    It gave 160 free acres of land to a settler who paid a filing fee and lived on the land for 5 years. This federal land policy brought farmers to the plains to homestead - earn ownership of land by settling on it.
  • Fetterman Massacre

    Fetterman Massacre
    A Sioux military leader, Crazy Horse, acted as a decoy and lured the troops into a deadly trap. He tricked the forts commander into sending a detachment of about 80 soldiers in pursuit. Hundreds of warriors were waiting in ambush and wiped out the entire detachment.
  • Discovery of 1874

    Discovery of 1874
    The Goverment said that no white person, or persons shall be allowed to settle or occupy or even pass through the black hills. However rumor says that the black hills contained gold. In 1874 custer led an army to check on the rumors and conrimed that there was gold. " From the grass roots down." Then once it was found, people swarmed into the area.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    Sitting bull got together with the sioux and cheyenne worriors along the little bighorn. They were joined by crazy horse, another souix chief, and his forces. The seventh calvary was led by George Custer. He scouted the native american encamptment. He attacked the native americans on june 25th which he under estimated there power, He faced a sioux and cheyenne force of thousands. Custers entire command lost thier lives.
  • Ghost Dance

    Ghost Dance
    The dawes act changed forever the native american way of life and weakened thier cultural traditions In thier despair the souix turned in 1890 to wovoka, a prophet. Wovoka claimed that the sioux could regain thier former greatness if they performed a ritual known as the ghost dance.
  • Wounded Knee

    Wounded Knee
    Several hundred lakota sioux fled in fear after siting bulls death. They gathered at a creek called Wounded Knee in southwestern south dakota. on december 29, 1890, the army went to collect the sioux weapons. No one knows how the fighting started, but when a pistol shot rang out, They responded with fire. More than 200 sioux and 25 soldiers were killed.