Today was cloudy and cool and a huge relief from the mid-90s yesterday. But it was also kind of windy so I didn't pull the Arctic Fox out to the ranch today, tomorrow is supposed to be a better day for towing so I'll take it out there in the morning.
I went to a museum here in the town of Hardin and as you can imagine the Museum was about the history of this area of Montana. So it was all about the Crow Indian tribe, the Calvary, ranching, and farming. There's a huge Crow Indian reservation here and the town of Hardin may be in it but I'm not sure. The town is also only about 15 miles from the site of the Battle of the Little bighorn, also known as Custer's last stand.
History nowadays has been so twisted from reality that its hard to know what's real and what's been changed to fit whatever's popular. And such it is with the Battle of the Little bighorn. I think the average American believes that Gen. Custer was running around the West willy-nilly killing every Indian he could find and finally received his comeuppance when he stumbled onto thousands of Sioux camped on the Little bighorn River and was summarily wiped out.
The truth is the Little bighorn was then, is now, and always has been Crow land and it was being overrun by the Lakota, [Sioux] Cheyenne, and the Arapaho who are more warlike than the relatively peaceful Crow that had a treaty with the United States.
The Crow asked, that's right asked, the United States to get rid of these tribes that had been raiding their villages, and stealing their land and the Crow would help by supplying warriors to act as scouts to track down the offending tribes.
I had always wondered how come Custer had so many Indian scouts with him including a Crow Indian he called a friend named bloody knife. It just didn't make any sense.
Truth is he was here trying to force the warlike tribes back to their reservation which at the same time would help the Crow get their land back, which may have been a requirement in the peace Treaty the Crow had agreed to with United States.
Unfortunately he found out the hard way how many Indian Braves it takes to defeat several hundred Cavalrymen and apparently that number was about 3000.
It turns out that as I got older I really started liking history to the point that I rather regret sleeping through all those history classes in school, who knew?