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Resistance on the Great Plains
A discussion of the Native-American struggles on the Great Plains.
# 117703 | 1,857 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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The paper explains the events that led up to the struggles on the Great Plains between the American troops and the Native Americans who lived on the land. The paper focuses on "The Fighting Cheyennes", a recollection of George Bent's experiences that documents the cruel behavior of the American troops at the Sand Creek massacre. The paper looks at what it tells us about the relationship between Native Americans and the non-Indian people. The paper then examines the "The Battle of the Little Big Horn", written by Two Moons, a participant in this battle where the Native Americans were invaded on their own territory. Here, the paper highlights the abhorrent behavior of the Native Americans towards the dead white soldiers but posits that with the lives of their women and children in peril, their actions were warranted.

Resistance on the Great Plains
The Fighting Cheyennes
The Battle of the Little Big Horn

From the Paper:

"The place considered to be the Great Plains is located beyond the Mississippi River, flowing westward from the Rockies Mountains, its northern boundary south from Alberta to Saskatchewan. The native inhabitants had had little contact with Europeans due to the fact that the land is not particularly easy to cultivate, and thus a deterrent to settlement. Horses introduced by the Spanish however altered the situation, enabling for simpler transportation and more skilled hunting on the plains, making them suddenly more attractive to those it previously was not. This included not only Europeans, but Native Americans themselves as the population in the area was forced to triple to over three hundred thousand as the white settlements continually pushed the Native Americans westward."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Resistance on the Great Plains." Digital History: Introduction: Part III. Digital History. Retrieved on 23 November 2007, from:
  • George Bird Grinnell, The Fighting Cheyennes (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1956), 177-80.
  • Two Moons, The Battle of the Little Big Horn (McClure's Magazine, Sep 1898).

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