Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Officials Examining Future Direction





How can Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument better interpret the history it seeks to preserve? That's a relatively simple question, but one not so easily answered.

The monument that seeks to interpret Custer's Last Stand in June 1876 against the Sioux Nation is undersized, needs a larger visitor center with room for artifacts in a more appropriate location, and currently leads visitors in a backward direction tracing the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry defeat at the hands of the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors who overwhelmed General George Armstrong Custer's troops.

Back in August 2008 National Park Service officials admitted they erred in pushing an expansion of the monument's visitor center and agreed to start over. The Park Service had planned to erect an enclosed theater seating 200 people at the base of Last Stand Hill, site of the climax of the 1876 battle in which five companies of the 7th Cavalry were wiped out....

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