By Thomas Buxton and Conor Johnson.Tom Scarborough

The native americans were the native enhabitents of america were the plains indians.They had lived here for Centuries but when the white man came over from europe, they wanted the indians land and the caused conflict. This problem would cause many famous battles in the future.
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This is a painting of the battle of little big horn, this was a famous battle in the west as it was the only battle that the indians won by a great margin. General Custor of the U.S army Lead his troops into an ambush, and they got massacred by the sioux indians.

The battle of wounded knee was between the lakota sioux and the united states. The general Nelson A. Miles was ordered on the
29th december 1890 with 500 troops of the 7th U.S cavalry with four hotchkiss guns. There orders were to disarm the lakota and escort them back to the railroad for transport to omaha, nerbraska.
Many of the battles between the white man and the Indians ended in chaos,sometimes leaving people dead.many battles,like the little big horn incident are an example of this.

The native americans didn't always fight against the settlers tribes like the crow would make war against other tribes like the sioux.
"At least one village in South Dakota, the Crow Creek site, was the scene of an early 14th century massacre of nearly 500 Village Farmer people attempting to colonize land to the north. They were probably attacked by warriors of the Middle Missouri tradition, Indians indigenous to South Dakota.
These people most likely moved into South Dakota because of climate changes in the Central Plains. Great droughts came more often, and the people could no longer grow their crops as well as they had before. They faced starvation, and so the Village Farmers left their homes and moved to the Missouri River in what is now South Dakota. The drought probably had less effect on the Missouri River where plants had enough moisture to grow." this is shows that the native americans were fighting each other along time before any settlers came.

Aswell as the plains indians fighting the way they fought was different to the settlers they would use ambushes and use the terrain to greater effect rather than the white men who couldn't use it aswell. This gave the plains indians a upper hand in some respects but until the indians got guns the white men's army had no trouble with fighting tribes which still had bow and arrows.

Throughout time the indian populaton got smaller and smaller as they ad been wiped out by the white man. some tribes had formed a treatie where they lived on reservations but the indians were treated unfairly on these as they received little food and water. As more and more indians were been wiped out by the white men the different tribes merged to form one to fight the white man. This was strage as enemy tribe now fort as one to try and fend of the white man. However this was too little to late as the joined force was no match for the regiments of the us army. The last ever battle between the plains indians and the white man took place on the morning of December 29, 1890, the Sioux chief Big Foot and some 350 of his followers camped on the banks of Wounded Knee creek. Surrounding their camp was a force of U.S. troops charged with the responsibility of arresting Big Foot and disarming his warriors. The scene was tense. Trouble had been brewing for months. Eventually a battle began, but it was not for long as the indians were massicaded. this was the last conflict between the white men and the plains indians.

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- ConorJ ConorJ