Discover The Little Bighorn:
3 Day getaways with tribal & military explanations of this cataclysmic Plains conflict
DISCOVER THE LITTLE BIGHORN: June 19-21, 2020
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.
Spend three days around the Little Bighorn with our guides and you will find they are the very best on the planet, (and we don't make that claim lightly.) Knowledgeable, perceptive, fascinating and friendly; some of our past clients have even said going to the battlefield with our guides is like having a battle participant time-travel back to show you around!
Day 1 - Did you know that the Rattlesnakes are the traditional guardians of Deer Medicine Rocks, and that if they’re waiting for you, at least one of your group should have stayed at home? Anywhere else, the rationalist answer would seem unarguable, but Deer Medicine Rocks, which erupt two stories into the sky from a hillock on a private ranch right next to the Cheyenne reservation, can make the most hardened skeptic wonder.
Here, on one of the disregarded back roads of the Native American byways, is history. For it was here, in early June, 1876, that the Lakota chief Sitting Bull had a vision of soldiers tumbling into his camp, and carved this script into the stone - the figures, though a little faint, are very visible. Not long after that, not far from here, at a place history remembers as Little Bighorn, the men of General George Custer’s 7th Cavalry played their parts, as predicted.
Day 2 - As dusk fell on June 16, 1876, the forces that would converge on the Rosebud were only thirty miles apart, but in philosophy and origin were separated by an ocean. On June 17, 1876 as they met next morning, Crook’s command would outnumber the Lakota and Cheyenne by almost two-to-one.The hills and rocky outcroppings overlooking Rosebud Creek were the setting for one of the most intense battles ever waged between Indians attempting to retain their cultural way of life, and the United States Army who were enforcing an edict from Washington.
The battle’s participants were involved in a titanic struggle, which lasted more than 6 hours and encompassed an area over ten square miles. The Battle of the Rosebud symbolizes the Indians’ first stiff resistance in the Sioux War of 1876, and it’s outcome certainly contributed to Lt. Col George Armstrong Custer’s devastating defeat on the Little Bighorn a week later.
Day 3 - 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, and 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 by Lakota and Cheyenne historians – the descendants who keep the stories of the victors.
Did you know that right after the battle, warriors made a pact between themselves never to speak of the battle and who’s war deeds were whose . . . such was the trepidation of retaliation from the US government upon their families that these stories were not told until relatively recently.
What does that pact mean for you? It means that many of the stories in books are one-sided and sometimes flat out wrong. After all, if you don’t know both sides, how can you know the truth?
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