Confict on the Great Plains: A Timeline

  • The Homestead Act

    The Homestead Act
    In 1862 Congress passed the Homestead Act, which gave 160 free acres of land to a setttler who paid a filing fee and lived on the land for five years.
  • Fetterman Massacre

    Fetterman Massacre
    The Sioux, along with Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors, staged a series of attacks from 1865 to 1867. The bloodest incident happend on December, 1866. A Sioux military leader, Crazy Horse, acted as a decoy and lured the troops into a deadly trap. Hes tricked the fort's commander into sending a detachment of about 80 soldiers in pursuit, hndreds of warriors were waiting to ambush them.
  • Discorery of 1874

    The government explored the land of the Black Hills. They found gold in the hills.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    In the Black Hills, the government promised that no whites would enter but gold was discovered, leading propecters swarmed into the area, angering Native Americans. Sioux warriors were waiting for the U.S. troops and George Custer. Fighting broke out and Custer and his entire command are killed by the Native Americans.
  • Ghost Dance

    Ghost Dance
    A way th Sioux expressed their culture thats was being destroyed. As the ritual spread, rservation officials became alarmed. They came to arrest him and in the scuffle they shot him.
  • Wounded Knee

    Wounded Knee
    The US army went to collect the Sioux weapons. A fight started but nobody knew. Intill a pistol shot rang out the army responded with fire. More than 2000 Sioux and 25 soldiers were killed.