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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Little Bighorn Battlefield





Location: Big Horn County, Montana    Map

Area: 765 acres (3.0972 km2)

Commemorates: Little Bighorn Battlefield (June 25- 26 1876)




Description of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Tel. +1 406 638-2621. Spring: 8AM-6PM; Summer: 8AM-8PM; Fall: 8AM-6PM; Winter: 8AM-4:30PM. Private vehicle $20; Motorcycle $15; Walk/ bicycle $10/person.


Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is situated in Big Horn County, Montana in United States. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument covers an area of 765 acres (3.0972 km2).  It commemorates the Battle of Little Bighorn, in which on June 25-26, 1876, the seventh US cavalry regiment under George A. Custer of Indians of the Lakota Sioux, Arapaho and Cheyenne under their leaders crushing Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse on the Little Bighorn River. The Battle of the Little Bighorn River was the largest military defeat of the US Army in the Indian Wars. The memory was largely shaped by the military view for over a century. The memorial site at the site of the Battle was already dedicated in 1879 as the National Cemetery, became a National Monument in 1946 and got its present name in 1991. It is located in the Reserve of the Crow Indians, along with the Reno-Benteen Battlefield Memorial, which commemorates the final battle.


In December 1991, President George H. W. Bush renamed the memorial to its current name of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, declaring that Indians' sacrifices should be equally commemorated and their role and culture honored in the future. For this purpose, the Indian Memorial was built in the following years, a monument with three wire mesh figurines, which remind of the three peoples involved Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho.

Sitting Bull (1831- 1890)



George Armstrong Custer (1839- 1876)


Marcus Reno (1834- 1889)






Markers honoring the Indians who fought at Little Big Horn, including Crazy Horse, have been added to those of the U.S. troops. On Memorial Day, 1999, the first of five red granite markers denoting where warriors fell during the battle were placed on the battlefield for Cheyenne warriors Lame White Man and Noisy Walking.

The warriors' red speckled granite memorial markers dot the ravines and hillsides just as do the white marble markers representing where soldiers fell. Since then, markers have been added for the Sans Arc Lakota warrior Long Road and the Minniconjou Lakota Dog's Back Bone.

On June 25, 2003, an "unknown Lakota warrior marker" was placed on Wooden Leg Hill, east of Last Stand Hill to honor a warrior who was killed during the battle, as witnessed and reported by the Northern Cheyenne warrior Wooden Leg.





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