War and a terrible winter were fresh memories when Colonel Henry Maynadier allowed tearful Spotted Tail to bury his daughter at Fort Laramie, which, in turn, helped convince the Brulé Sioux leader to bury the hatchet forever.
Spotted Tail, chief of the Brulés, fought well, but his diplomatic skills were even better.
At times cruel, Chiricahua Chief Cochise had courage and was devoted to the truth.
George A. Custer's 7th Cavalry had Springfield carbines and Colt .45 revolvers; the Lakota and Cheyenne Indians had a variety of long arms, including repeaters. But were the weapons used on June 25, 1876, the deciding factor in the famous battle?
After helping his people win the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the daring Oglala leader fought thesoldiers again at Slim Buttes in September 1876 and the Wolf Mountains in January 1877 before finally surrendering at Camp Robinson that May.
The Teton Sioux, or Lakotas, battled other tribes to become the dominant force on the Northern Plains and then took on the U.S. Army in an effort to maintain their way of life.
Tall Bull led the Dog Soldiers in battle, but his death at Summit Springs ended Southern Cheyenne power.
In May 1869, Tall Bull's Cheyenne Dog Soldiers carried out a series of brutal raids in north-central Kansas, and though the white soldiers later caught up with them, vengeance could not make everything right.
The female piano player at Silver City's Monarch saloon shot down the fire chief who jilted her, sparking a colorful trial and a controversial stint in the territorial prison.
Two years after Wounded Knee, Chief Two Sticks was Ghost Dancing and more.
Diplomacy, courage and charisma were among the attributes of this trio of great Indian leaders.
After the Little Bighorn and other 1876 confrontations with the U.S. Army, the great Hunkpapa Sioux Leader took his people north into Canada, where James Walsh and other scarlet-clad lawmen insisted on enforcing the white mother's laws.
When a white settler killed a Nez Perce warrior in 1876, the incident set off a chain of events that led to war.
Cherokee Stand Watie exhibited great bravery and strong leadership while fighting for two lost causes.
Disappointed Army officer Patrick Connor wanted to be back East fighting Rebels. Instead, he found himself in the bitter cold along icebound Bear Creek, near today's Utah-Idaho border, with a Shoshone village spread out below him.
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