The Battle of the Little Big Horn/Custer’s Last Stand:
The Battle of Little Big Horn was one of the most famous battles in this long struggle, was fought close to the Little Big Horn River in the present state of Montana.
This conflict began when soldiers, who were led by a former Civil War officer named George Custer, found gold in the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory. Within a couple of months, 15,000 gold-hungry whites were rushing over the Sioux land.
Rather than making the miners leave, the government basically forced the Sioux to sell their land.
The American army was ordered to force all of the indians out.
In June of 1876, army scouts reported that several thousand Sioux and Cheyenne Indians were camped beside the Little Big Horn River. Officer Custer was ordered to locate the Indian camp and then wait for reinforcements to come. When Custer located the camp, he didn't attack at first. His troops split up and then they attacked. They soon met up with angry indian warriors. Custer and all his men—about 260 American soldiers—were killed.