Throughout American history lies legend after legend, story after story, event after event surrounding the Native Americans. At many historical points, Indian/white-man relations were more hostile than peaceful. Westward Expansion led the white-man on a quest toward acquiring more and more territory leaving the Native Americans on the losing end of the deal...Displaced as new settlers moved in, they lost their traditional way of life and were relocated to reservations but not without a fight.
The event today focuses on a brave leader and his warriors who refused surrender in spite of starvation and severe illness.
|Alleged photo of Crazy Horse in 1877|
"Although a draw in many aspects, in effect the battle was a strategic victory for the U.S. Army, as it demonstrated that the Indians were not safe from the army even in winter and harsh conditions. Many individuals began slipping away and returning to their reservations. By May, Crazy Horse had led his surviving band into Camp Robinson to surrender." Source: en.wikipedia.org
Crazy Horse, legendary warrior and leader of the Lakota Sioux, will long be remembered for his ferocity in battle. His determination to preserve Native American traditions and way of life will always be remembered and revered.
The 'end' of the story...
Crazy Horse did not die in battle as one might think considering his warrior background and status. After surrendering to federal troops in May, 1877, Crazy Horse was killed on September 7 amid rumors of a planned escape. Within the annals of history is record of Crazy Horse's need to take his sick wife to her parents but the problem was that he left the reservation without authorization. General George Crook ordered Crazy Horse arrested for fear he was plotting a return to battle. Crazy Horse did not resist arrest at first. However, when he realized he was being led to a guardhouse, he began to struggle. It was during that struggle the great warrior lost his life. While his arms were held by one of the arresting officers, a soldier ran him through with a bayonet. A death unbefitting to an Indian chief, a great warrior who had proven himself mighty in battle.Crazy Horse Memorial
|A model of the planned statue, |
with the Crazy Horse Memorial in the background.