Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association

Native Americans

Some were determined to maintain the only lifestyle they knew and on the lands they had held against or taken from old traditional enemies. Others ventured forth from White constructed reservations only for the summer hunt. Every spring these groups came together for religious ceremonies and traditional hunting.

Others, with a different purpose, were also approaching the traditional grounds…

        The Oglala Lakota Nation


        The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe


        The Northern Cheyenne Nation


        The Crow Nation


        The Arikara Nation


The following publications are posted for the purpose of research assistance in continuing to refine the list of Indian warriors who successfully defended their people that day. 

Dr. Kenneth Hammer, respected Indian War scholar, compiled this list of warrior casualties (pdf file) from several sources. It adds several to the list compiled by noted Indian Wars scholar Richard Hardorff as contained in Hardorff's seminal work Hokahey! A Good Day to Die.

Also included is an explanation of Dr. Hammer's listing (pdf file) by Lee Noyes, Editor of the CBHMA Battlefield Dispatch.