• Notes From The Frontier

Who Killed Custer? It might surprise you.

Here's something we never learned in history books! Female Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn-Custer's Last Stand-with distinction. Cheyenne warrior Buffalo Calf Road Woman fought a number of battles in leadership roles, and tribal lore passed down for 143 years credits her with killing George Armstrong Custer.

She wasn't the only female warrior at the Little Big Horn. The Arapaho Chief, Pretty Nose, fought there, too. She lived to be 101 years old and her grandson served in the Korean War as a U.S. Marine and later an Arapaho chief, just like his grandmother. 


Posted May 27, 2019 

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PHOTOS: Left photo by Edward Curtis, around 1876. Right photo by Laton Alton Huffman about 1879. Montana Historical Society. 

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  • Notes From the Frontier