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Brulé Sioux Chief Spotted Tail

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Spotted Tail, chief of the Brulés, fought well, but his diplomatic skills were even better.

Chiricahua Chief Cochise

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:12 pm
At times cruel, Chiricahua Chief Cochise had courage and was devoted to the truth.

Battle of Little Bighorn: Were the Weapons the Deciding Factor

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:10 pm
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?

The Last Stand of Crazy Horse

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
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.

Lakotas: Feared Fighters of the Plains

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
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.

Cheyenne Chief Tall Bull

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm
Tall Bull led the Dog Soldiers in battle, but his death at Summit Springs ended Southern Cheyenne power.

Death at Summit Springs: Susanna Alderdice and the Cheyennes

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
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.

Tecumseh, Red Cloud and Sitting Bull: Three Great Indian Leaders

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
Diplomacy, courage and charisma were among the attributes of this trio of great Indian leaders.

Sioux Chief Two Sticks

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
Two years after Wounded Knee, Chief Two Sticks was Ghost Dancing and more.

Murder and Scandal in New Mexico: The Case of Ada Hulmes

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
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.

Sitting Bull and the Mounties

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm
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.

Nez Perce War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm
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

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:01 pm
Cherokee Stand Watie exhibited great bravery and strong leadership while fighting for two lost causes.

Patrick Connor and the Battle of Bear River

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:01 pm
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.

Sand Creek Massacre: The Real Villains

Published: June 12, 2006 at 7:58 pm
The Real Villains of Sand Creek

Sand Creek Massacre

Published: June 12, 2006 at 7:58 pm
More often called a massacre than a battle, the attack by Colonel John M. Chivington's Colorado volunteers on Chief Black Kettle's village will forever be controversial.
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