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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 08:49:52 EST
Tasunka witko (pron.: tashúnka uitko) (Sioux) or Crazy Horse (English),
(December 4, 1849 - September 5, 1877) was a respected member of the Oglala Sioux
Native American tribe and is noted for his courage in battle. Crazy Horse
was recognized among his own people as a visionary leader committed to
preserving the traditions and values of the Lakota way of life and leading his people
into a war against the take-over of their lands by the 'White Man'.
Crazy Horse was a 6 year old boy and witness of the Grattan Massacre when he
had vision of himself becoming a warrior.
Maybe the most well-known fight was Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 26,
1876, in which Crazy Horse joined forces with Sitting Bull and led his band
in the counterattack that destroyed Custer's Seventh Cavalry to the last man,
flanking the Americans from the north and west as Hunkpapa Warriors led by
chief Gall charged from the south and east.
On January 8, 1877, his warriors fought their last battle with the United
States Cavalry in Montana and on May 8 of that year he realized that his people
were weakened by cold and hunger and he surrendered to United States troops
Crazy Horse was assassinated (with a bayonet) by a United States soldier on
September 5, 1877 after he resisted confinement in a guardhouse at Fort
Robinson in Nebraska.
He also resisted being photographed, since he had strong beliefs in
preserving the culture and ways of the traditional Native Americans.
Crazy Horse is currently being commemorated with the Crazy Horse Memorial in
South Dakota, a monument carved into a mountain, in the tradition of Mount
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