Anniversary of the War against the Lakota & Northern Cheyenne People

From Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

On This Day: In 1875 in a secret meeting in the White House, President Grant decided to wage war on the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne people in and around the Black Hills. They agreed that the Army should stop evicting trespassers from the reservation, thus opening the way for the Black Hills Gold Rush. In addition, they discussed initiating military action against the non-treaty bands of Lakota and Northern Cheyenne who had refused to come to the Indian agencies for council. Indian Inspector Erwin C. Watkins supported this option. “The true policy in my judgement,” he wrote, “is to send troops against them in the winter, the sooner the better, and whip them into subjection.” On February 8, 1876, General Sheridan telegraphed Generals Crook and Terry, ordering them to commence their winter campaigns against the “hostiles.” The Great Sioux War of 1876–77 had begun.

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I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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3 Responses to Anniversary of the War against the Lakota & Northern Cheyenne People

  1. seedofjapheth says:

    Does anyone know why Grant would go to war for the sake of making it so that miners who trespass and mine illegally can be able to illegally mine?

    • Vince says:

      Our fight against mining companies and oil drillers goes back centuries! I’m looking forward to the day when our warriors deploy a diversity of tactics against such companies; chaining ourselves to their equipment, sabotaging their machinery, and bringing an open source insurgency against their corporate headquarters in the city.

  2. Rex Stevenson says:

    Good question, Vince, but it sounds like our current illegal alien problem. Hmm? Anyway, I’m a typical American mutt, part Scot-Irish, English, German, Dane, Chippewa, Mohawk and Mohegan, and my message to you is that history is about to be re-written … so you won’t have to chain yourself to any equipment. There’s an easier way that involves the Supreme Court (treaty violations) and massive public opinion, and when my book is completed and published, Grant, Sheridan, Terry, Crook, and a score of other former high-ranking military and government officials will become the focus of a political scandal that will prove, beyond doubt, that the Sioux War of 1876-77 was intentionally ignited by the White House for political and financial gain … an illegal land grab that resulted in the death of 261 troopers of the 7th Cavalry, hundreds of Indians, and the loss of the sacred Black Hills and all of its immense natural resources.

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