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On June 25, 1876, 134 Years Ago Today, General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Calvary Suffered the Most Devastating Defeat in US Military History

On June 25, 1876, 134 years ago today, the US Military, under the leadership of General George Armstrong Custer suffered the most devastating defeat of their history at the Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn) when the 7th Calvary attacked a peaceful camp of our Dakota, Nakota and Lakota Nation and our Cheyenne and Arapaho allies and relatives, just after we had completed a Sacred Sun Dance Ceremony, June 18-21. This Sun Dance was led by Tatanka Yotanka (Chief Sitting Bull). Tȟašúŋke Witkó and Pizí, (Chiefs Crazy Horse and Gall) led the response to Custer and the 7th Calvary’s unprovoked attack. The battle lasted less than an hour.

This act of self defence eventually led to the murder of both Chief's Crazy and Sitting Bull by the US Government. The fact that these disgraceful acts by the US Government were assisted by some Lakota and Hunkpapa relatives was the most painful, enduring and disuniting wound of all.These Divide and Conquer strategies continue to be the modis operendi by the forces of colonialism everywhere on Mother Earth.

Tȟašúŋke Witkó fought the US Military 22 times and defeated them 22 times. He promised he would return in the Thunder, Lightning and the Rain! He died from bayonet wounds in his back on September 5, 1877 at 36 years old.

Chief Gall,pictured below, fought together with Crazy Horse, Low Dog and many others, fought together in unity as, "One Heart and One Mind in Many Bodies," 134 years ago today! May all those who fell on that Battle Field that day and those who have suffered since be remembered in our heartfelt prayers.May we all find a 4th Way that transcends assimilation, resignation and confrontation and violence !

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Comment by White-Bear on June 26, 2010 at 8:10am
Thank you Brother, it is good to have these memories brought back to us.
Comment by Rod LeBlanc, Dr.TCM on June 25, 2010 at 6:17pm
Custer was known for attacking villages of women and children. He believed they could be used as human shields when the warriors came back to defend them. He wrote about this tactic in his biography and deployed it again at Little Bighorn where he split into three groups. But this time he was outnumbered and stopped before the early mourning attack could reach the village. The saying "Custer had it coming" is meaningful. Sitting Bull lived in Wood Mountain Saskatchewan till 1871 and was good friends with the army there till he moved back and was shot some 20 years later by the US Army. Good to hear about this Phil.
Comment by Stephen Bamford on June 25, 2010 at 3:12pm
Thank you for this good reminder and prayerful comments. May all who read them serve as amplifiers for this good message. And considering the awesome Thunder Beings outside now, it was particularly good to get this message from Tȟašúŋke Witkó. How awesome to consider him to be among them! :-D Much gratitude to you for all you do for the people. Many blessings to you and yours!
Comment by Michelle Morning Star Doherty on June 25, 2010 at 2:49pm
Thank you for reminding us! Blessings to all on this sacred day......! Mx
Comment by Russell Cadotte on June 25, 2010 at 2:44pm
Pilamayaye Leksi Phil!
My ancestors, Wasu Maza and his uncle, Tȟašúŋke Witkó had the horse they were both riding on shot out from under them on this day, they both survived. The events and the losses of our people have been on my mind for some time, but are especially strong today I like that promise from Crazy Horse, I always feel excited and happy when there is a storm like he spoke of, that's something I miss about the Plains, the thunderstorms! :-) Our ancestors spoke many times of Custer and his men drinking the night before and on the day of the battle, so the firewater turned on them too. Many of our people's stories were not accepted as truth, but the archeological research done there supported exactly what they said. All our relatives are coming back together now, it is an exciting time!
Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin

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