The Plains Indian Wars Winning the west

It was just after the end of the Civil War, the South had rejoined the Union and people were hungry for western expansion. So, with the passing of the Homestead Act, people packed their bags and set out into the Great Plains to colonize. There was only one issue. The land these settlers were trying to colonize were already inhabited by the Sioux, a Native American tribe. Unwilling to give up the land they had just claimed as their own, the US fought the Sioux in a number of battles known as the Plains Indian Wars.

The Sand Creek Massacre November 29, 1864. Colonel Chivington lead his men to Black Kettle's Camp where they brutally murdered and mutilated 105 Indian women and children and 28 men. They then continued to chop up their bodies and wear pieces of them.

The Battle of Little Bighhorn June 26, 1876. General Custer lead his troops into battle against the Sioux where 210 of his men, including himself, died.

The Battle of Wounded Knee December 29, 1890. US forces massacred 150 natives, marking the final conflict between the US and the Sioux.

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