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  • Interviews, Wild West

    Interview with George Custer Expert James Donovan

    James Donovan, author and George Custer expert, covers new ground in the story of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn in his new book A Terrible Glory....

  • WW Issues

    Letter from Wild West – June 2009

    Monument Valley, Arizona, has long stood a symbol of the American West, from its early history as a home to the Anasazi and Navajos through pioneer days to its modern-day incarnation as iconic Western film backdrop....

  • Reviews, WW Issues

    Letter from Wild West – April 2009

    Following the 1864 Elm Creek Raid, Britt Johnson went in search of his family, taken captive by Kiowa and Comanche Raiders. His story would later inspire the book and movie The Searchers....

  • MHQ

    Victorio’s War

    For Apache chief Victorio, the decision to make war on the United States was a matter of rights and spirituality. Known as the "greatest Indian general" ever, he terrorized settlers and the army, surpassing Geronimo's feats and ferocity....

  • American History

    How the West was Spun – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show

    Buffalo Bill Cody heralded the closing of the frontier by reassuring Americans that they would never be too civilized to beat the braves and bullies of the world at their own game....

  • Wild West

    Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle

    Although usually portrayed as a man of peace, Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle may have been an ineffective leader at best.

    By Gregory Michno


  • Wild West

    General Nelson Miles and the Expedition to Capture Geronimo

    General Nelson Miles summoned Lieutenant Charles Gatewood to Albuquerque in July 1886 and ordered the reluctant veteran of the Apache wars to go find the elusive Chiricahua leader down in the mountains of Mexico.

    By Louis Kraft


  • Wild West

    Spirit Lake Massacre

    With most of her family and neighbors at the northern Iowa settlement wiped out, Abbie Gardner clung to life at the mercy of Dakota Chief Inkpaduta and his unremorseful band....

  • Wild West

    Sioux Chief Gall

    Soldiers gave the Hunkpapa leader his nickname because he was a dashing warrior who effectively teamed up with Sitting Bull in the 1870s. But after his surrender in 1881, Gall stood up for cooperation and peace at Standing Rock....

  • Wild West

    Revolt of the Métis

    In 1885, Canadian troops had to deal with a bloody uprising that had barely been averted in 1870. Its leader was once more Louis Riel, but the man to worry about was Gabriel Dumont....

  • Wild West

    Trail of Black Hawk

    Outnumbered and harried through trackless swamps, Black Hawk's starving band of Sauk and Fox Indians made a desperate stand along the Mississippi....

  • Wild West

    Estanislao: Rebellious Indian Warrior

    Named after a Polish saint, Estanislao became an Indian official with a mission--flee Mission San Jose and lead one of the largest Indian forces ever to fight against whites in California....

  • Wild West

    Soldiers vs. Apaches: One Last Time at Guadalupe Canyon

    Nearly 10 years after Geronimo called it quits following a massive manhunt, the U.S. Army began a smaller campaign against renegade Apaches....

  • Wild West

    Queho: An Indian Outcast

    Queho, a clubfooted Indian outcast, became the elusive killer hermit of El Dorado canyon....

  • Wild West

    Kiowa Chief Satanta

    Kiowa chief Satanta was one of the most complicated men ever to rise from the Great Plains--a diplomat and orator of his people who did his share of killing....

  • Wild West

    The Indian Tax Rebellion of 1851

    When San Diego County officials slapped a property tax on the dirt-poor Indians of the area, the natives complied in 1850, but then trouble came a year later when Major General Joshua Bean instructed them not to pay....