Little Bighorn Battlefield - Western National Parks Association

Little Bighorn Battlefield

National Monument


This area memorializes the battle among the US Army’s 7th Cavalry, Lakota, and Cheyenne in one of the American Indians’ last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. On June 25 and 26, 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and 262 attached personnel of the US Army died in the fight.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is located in southeastern Montana, near Crow Agency, the headquarters of the Crow Indian Reservation. The monument commemorates the battle fought between the Seventh US Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. George Custer, and the allied Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, led by Tatanka-Iyotanka (Sitting Bull). Commemorative markers at Little Bighorn Battlefield represent the casualty site of every Seventh US Cavalry soldier who died during the battle on June 25 and 26, 1876. Honoring the participation of American Indians in the battle, the Indian Memorial at the park was dedicated on June 25, 2003. Relationships with the Crow, Lakota, Nakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Arikara tribes are critically important to the site’s management and continued interpretation of this historic battle.

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