Crazy Horse (Legends of the Wild West) by Jon Sterngass

By Jon Sterngass

The lifetime of loopy Horse, the best warrior of the Lakota humans, is full of secret. He didn't go away any letters, diaries, or speeches, and it really is nonetheless uncertain no matter if his demise used to be a homicide or an twist of fate. but loopy Horse continues to be a compelling image of freedom and dignity. As whites invaded Lakota lands and the buffalo herds shrank, many Lakota settled on reservations. loopy Horse, even if, thoroughly rejected the reservation procedure and negotiations with the invaders. He helped lead the Lakota in of the best defeats ever suffered via the U.S. military: the Fetterman struggle in 1866 and the conflict of Little Bighorn opposed to basic George Armstrong Custer in 1876. In loopy Horse, examine this mysterious guy who performed a wide position within the local American battles within the West.

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The most important ones were the Rosebud Creek, Tongue River, and Powder River. The Powder River was the longest and had the most tributaries, and for that reason the area was called the Powder River country. The Powder River country was a beautiful land with many sloping meadows covered with thick grass. Trout-filled streams of clear water flowed through valleys with aspen, willow, and cottonwood. On the mountains, there were forests of pine, fir, and spruce. Buffalo, elk, and antelope grazed on the open grasslands.

People reported that Crazy Horse threw dust on himself and his horse before going into battle, wore a single feather, and put a small stone behind his ear. He never wore an eagle feather headdress or bragged about his accomplishments. All his life, the Lakota admired his generosity and lack of concern for material possessions. He always did his best to feed the poor and helpless members of his tribe. One other part of Crazy Horse’s vision has become legendary. In one retelling of the dream, the horseman had his arms held by one of his own people in the battle.

Indd 63 6/10/10 10:53:38 AM 64 Crazy Horse sides, and replaced it with informal agreements made by the Indian office with the tribes. In the so-called Cherokee Tobacco case in 1871, the Supreme Court stated that Congress could disregard previous treaties with Native American tribes. In most ways, the legal status of American Indians resembled that of slaves before the Civil War; they were neither citizens nor aliens, but simply subjects. In his 1872 annual report, Francis Amasa Walker, the commissioner of Indian Affairs, suggested bribing Native Americans with promises of food and gifts to lure them to reservations where the United States could “civilize” them.

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