Little Bighorn Battlefield:
Learn what really happened from both sides of the Battle of the Greasy Grass
Custer was on the offensive until the very last. When he reached the hill that would forever carry his name he traded victory for immortality, but his end was not like in the movies. Lakota and Cheyenne did not ride round and round him in decreasing circles; some approached on foot, some fired from long distance, until finally Chief Comes in Sight led a charge that would ultimately end it for that day.
It is said that history is written by the victors, but the Battle of the Little Bighorn has proven to be the exception to the rule. Some say more ink has been spilled on the epic encounter than blood was on the battlefield, but of the thousands of books and articles, scarcely a handful have been published from Lakota and Cheyenne historians – the descendants of the victors.
So to understand the truth, come listen and learn from our tribal guides for yourself.
About Your Day
Visit the Little Bighorn with an indigenous guide and your day begins at the Indian village site along the Little Bighorn River.
Standing where Crazy Horse crossed the Little Bighorn River to meet Custer’s 7th, follow the battle as it unfolded, learning not only of those who fought for their respective nations, but the lasting results of the battle into modern day times for the Lakota and Cheyenne peoples.
Weir Point, Medicine Tail Coulee, the Cheyenne Village – follow the footsteps of legendary figures such as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gall and many others at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Custer was one of many men who died at the Little Bighorn, fighting in the name and cause of their respective nations: All five companies with Custer were annihilated, and with associated 7th Cavalry casualties, the total fallen rose to 263; the Cheyenne lost 14 men on the field, including the great Lame White Man, and the Lakota lost closer to double that. But why did Custer lose? Learn how it was that on June 25, 1876 the 7th Cavalry were out-thought and out-fought.
Why are Go Native America tours at the Little Bighorn different?
When we claim to offer the best tours at the Little Bighorn, we don't say so lightly. We want our visitors to learn the truth of the events leading to this cataclysmic event on the plains. And remember, the battle was won, but the reverberations of the war still continue to this very day around many Plains Nations.
Of course you will have a great time on your tour, but our guide's responsibility is not just to you. Go Native America guides relate this story for the ancestors, as though the battle participants are standing with you, listening. And their goal is to be sure the story (which cost so many lives) is told in a way that would make those participants nod, and agree that the truth is being told of their actions, deeds and sacrifices.
To other tour companies, the mission is simply to have a guides learn enough basic information to entertain visitors, load as many mini buses from Billings as they can, and make money. To us, this is the difference.
Where: Little Bighorn, Crow Agency, MT
Meeting Place: Custer Battlefield Museum
Tribes: Lakota, Cheyenne
Activity level: Some walking,
Duration: 9:30 am - 5pm
Apsaalooke tours are great if you want a quick bus ride around the battlefield for a Battle of Little Bighorn summary. But if you want more from your day at the Custer Battlefield NPS site, call us on 307 699 6015. We have been running the very best Little Bighorn tours for 25 years, and we are happy to offer advice about Little Bighorn Battlefield Lodging; Little Bighorn Battlefield Hours; Little Big Horn National Park Camping; Little Bighorn Battlefield Entrance Fees and even the Little Bighorn National Monument Gift Shop (and other great Little Bighorn souvenir options in the area.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana is possibly the only battlefield site in the US where the monument is dedicated to the losing side. Our tours redress the balance that is so sadly lacking in the official interpretation at the Little Bighorn site. There were never 10,000 warriors at the Little Bighorn, there were never ‘Indians circling the wagons’ like in the Hollywood movies, and although who won the Battle of Little Bighorn is well-known, the Battle of Little Bighorn significance is not.
Come with us and find out the true answers to the searing questions visitors have; what caused the Battle of Little Bighorn, who killed Custer; and how did Custer really die at the Little Bighorn. Perhaps most important… how the ramifications of the fight STILL affect tribal people across the Northern Plains even today?