The Battle of the Little Bighorn
Back in the day on June 25th, 1876 Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led his 7th cavalry troops in an attack on Sioux and Cheyenne natives. Custer’s “Last Stand,” in what is known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn, of course, ended in defeat for his troops at the hands of the native warriors in what is modern day Montana. In a prelude to one of the most studied military engagements in U.S. history, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, a sacred site for the Sioux Nation, fueled tensions and clashes between white prospector settlements and the native populations. With the U.S. government wanting the Sioux on reservations, Chief Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Gall led their respective people in resisting the destruction of their way of life. Custer, feeling overly assured of his impending victory, led his columns into battle where they were outnumbered and annihilated. The Lieutenant Colonel would also pay with his life for his folly.
Incredulously, the “ever-sensitive” McDonald’s corporation recently had the gall to include “General Custer” figurines in their happy meals in Rapid City, South Dakota where a sizable native population resides. Now, I don’t know about you, but that just makes me grimace!