“If his sense of justice had led him to fine discrimination in these matters, the [Native American] would long ago have made an attack on the national Capitol.”

So wrote Indian Inspector and former agent for the Sioux, James McLaughlin, in 1910.

Long used as a source for scholarship on the Battle of the Little Bighorn, McLaughlin’s classic memoir is a fascinating read. Acquainted with all of the major Native American personalities of the late 19th century (Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gall, Rain-in-the-Face, etc.), McLaughlin had opportunities to question them at length about their involvement in Custer’s last battle.

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