Custer Died for Your Sins
Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Lakota Struggle for Freedom

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017
With Brian Ward

Crazy Horse was an Oglala Lakota Sioux who took up arms against the encroachment of U.S. settlers on Lakota lands. Sitting Bull was Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who also led his people in resistance against the United States. Both fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn, or what Lakota call the Battle of the Greasy Grass, against the murderous U.S. 7th Cavalry under George Custer, who, along with most of his troops, was killed during an attempt to massacre a large Indian encampment in July 1876. Crazy Horse was fatally stabbed by a military guard in 1877 after surrendering, and police at the Standing Rock Agency murdered Sitting Bull during an attempt to arrest him in 1890—just months before the Wounded Knee Massacre—for being a leader of the Ghost Dance movement. Both men have become great symbols of Native American resistance. This talk will tell their stories.

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