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Indian Scouts during the Little Big Horn: A Forgotten People

Student Hunter Morgan
Faculty Mentor(s) Mr. John Langdale
Dr. Sara Sewell
Department History
Course History 460: Senior Project Seminar

Abstract

While the story of the Little Big Horn has become a standard history for both scholars and citizens alike, too often has a major piece of the battle been largely ignored: the role of the Indian scouts. While Custer and Crazy Horse are glorified, the importance of Indian scouts in the overall battle and campaign has been continuously overlooked. Those Indians who helped the United States Army locate the enemy not only were looked down upon by their white comrades, but they did so at the risk of losing their family and traditional lifestyle. Documents of the time period show that in fact the scout's contributions made during the campaign were significant, and their role is deserving of recognition.

Grants

VWC Undergraduate Research Grant

 

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