Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Study Guide Little Crow's War Summary & Analysis

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A thousand miles north of the Navaho country live the Santee Sioux Indians. They are divided into four factions, the Mdewkantons, Wahpetons, Wahpekutes, and Sissetons. In the years leading up to the U.S. Civil War, over 150,000 white settlers infiltrated the Santee Sioux land, minimizing the boundary of the "permanent Indian frontier." The summer of 1862 is especially trying for the Sioux because the exhaustion of food supplies at the reservation, as well as the altercations with white men when the Indians venture out to hunt.

The chief of the Mdewkanton group, Little Crow, is especially wounded by the situation because he had signed the peace treaties that eventually tricked the Indians out of their lands. He had visited Abraham Lincoln in Washington where he received a U.S. flag guaranteed to provide him and his people safety.

Little Crow, moved by...

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