The Battle of Little Big Horn is one of the best-known battles in the American Indian wars of the nineteenth century, but much of the history was written from the perspective of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. A differing account of that and other events affecting the Cheyenne tribe will be offered Thursday as part of the Diversity Speaker Series at Principia College in Elsah.
Minoma Littlehawk (pictured) is a direct descendant of those that fought in the Battle of Little Big Horn. A recently retired U.S. National Park Ranger, Littlehawk is pursuing a master's degree at Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College in Oklahoma. The college's Tim Booth says she will share a different perspective on that time in history.
She will also speak on her culture and her tribe's history, including an account of a previous battle with Custer and his men in 1868, when the Cheyenne were massacred at the Battle of the Washita. Tomorrow night's presentation starts at 7:30 in the Wannamaker Hall, and tickets are $15 at the door, general admission.