Fun with Source Materials

One might assume that after 140 years, there would be little left to say or read about the battle of the Little Bighorn. Yet books continue to be written, letters and artifacts continue to be uncovered, and the audience never seems to wane. For anyone who has read a...

Indian Fighters and Indian Policy

What did the soldiers who fought against Native Americans in the 19th century┬áthink about what they were doing? It’s a question we might ask of any war, not just the Indian Wars, but I think it’s often assumed Indian fighters of the Old West were...
General Custer’s Arikara Scouts

General Custer’s Arikara Scouts

Why would any Native Americans help the whites to hunt the Sioux? It seems strange, perhaps, that General George Armstrong Custer went to the Little Bighorn with Indian scouts in his entourage. In fact, there were many. And they had good things to say about Custer...