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This Day in History. Today is known as Victory Day among many Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho people.

On this day—June 25, 1876—the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples united to overcome, defeat and kill the entire US Army’s 7th Cavalry led by General George Armstrong Custer. Many people know this as Custer’s Last Stand and call what happened that day as a massacre.

The Hunkpapa, Minniconjou, Itazipco, Oglala and Sahiyela Lakota with the Cheyenne and Arapaho fought racism and won.

 

It was the only time the United States flag has been captured on Turtle Island and it belongs to the Lakota people. In the following decades, Custer and his troops came to be considered iconic, even heroic, figures in American history.

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However, Native Americans have a completely differenct perspective on Custer has been known to hunt down Native women, children and elders and this was his tactic in pursuing the encampment that was attacked. The victory by the Tribes was used as a tool to continue to oppress the tribes. The death of Custer and his troops increased efforts to force Native peoples onto reservations.

Most of the declared "hostiles" had surrendered within one year of the fight, and the Black Hills were taken by the US government without compensation. Mt. Rushmore would be built on sacred land—the Black Hills—belonging to the Lakota.

Some call it a massacre, some call it a victory.

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