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Sunday, July 9 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Custer Died for Your Sins: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Lakota Struggle for Freedom

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Crazy Horse was an Oglala Lakota Sioux who took up arms against the encroachment of U.S. settlers on Lakota lands. Sitting Bull was Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who also led his people in resistance against the United States. Both fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn, or what Lakota call the Battle of the Greasy Grass, against the murderous U.S. 7th Cavalry under George Custer, who, along with most of his troops, was killed during an attempt to massacre a large Indian encampment in July 1876. Crazy Horse was fatally stabbed by a military guard in 1877 after surrendering, and police at the Standing Rock Agency murdered Sitting Bull during an attempt to arrest him in 1890—just months before the Wounded Knee Massacre—for being a leader of the Ghost Dance movement. Both men have become great symbols of Native American resistance. This talk will tell their stories.

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Brian Ward

Brian is a long-time indigenous rights and climate justice activist. His writing has appeared in Socialist Worker, The Nation, Truth-Out and the International Socialist Review. He has lived and worked with the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and attended and r... Read More →

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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