School Datebooks Presents This Week in History: June 25, 1876

June 25, 1876 – The Battle of Little Big Horn (Custer’s Last Stand) took place near Little Bighorn River, Montana. The Sioux Nation killed more than 200 of Custer’s forces. The only survivor was a horse named Comanche.

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The battle was fought between the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes against the United States Army. Tensions were high between these groups because of the encroaching settlers. The tribes were losing land and tried to resist being placed in reservations. This led to the Sioux Wars and eventually the Battle of Little Big Horn. 

Because the U.S. Army made some assumptions about the tribes, the tribes won the battle by an overwhelming victory. Led by leaders such as Crazy Horse, the tribes effectively duped the troops, leaving the horse of Captain Keogh as the only survivor.