What changes threatened the traditional way of life for the Native Americans?


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What changes threatened the traditional way of life for the Native Americans?

  • What changes threatened the traditional way of life for the Native Americans?

  • What is a reservation?

  • What are property rights?

  • What was the impact of Westward Expansion on Native Americans?



As more pioneers moved west this led to conflict with the Native American people already living there.

  • As more pioneers moved west this led to conflict with the Native American people already living there.

  • They felt that their traditional way of life was being threatened.



The U.S. government was determined to support the new settlers.

  • The U.S. government was determined to support the new settlers.

  • At first the government offered the Native Americans money and goods.

  • The Native Americans did not value those things.



The next step the government tried was to send the Native Americans to reservations, an area of land set aside for Native Americans.

  • The next step the government tried was to send the Native Americans to reservations, an area of land set aside for Native Americans.

  • The government used military force to make sure the Native Americans in fact moved.



Most Native American tribes realized that they were not powerful enough to defeat the U.S. Army so they left their land for the reservations.

  • Most Native American tribes realized that they were not powerful enough to defeat the U.S. Army so they left their land for the reservations.

  • In 1868, the Latoka signed a treaty that gave them the land in the Black Hills region of South Dakota and Wyoming.



In 1874, gold was found in the Black Hills.

  • In 1874, gold was found in the Black Hills.

  • The government asked the Lakota to move again.

  • Sitting Bull refused.



The U.S. sent the 7th Cavalry, led by Col. George Custer, to defeat the Lakota.

  • The U.S. sent the 7th Cavalry, led by Col. George Custer, to defeat the Lakota.

  • Sitting Bull and the Lakota were camped along the river Little Bighorn.

  • Crazy Horse, one of the most successful warriors, was also in the camp.



Custer found the Lakota on June 25.

  • Custer found the Lakota on June 25.

  • Custer was badly outnumbered but he decided to attack anyway.

  • Crazy Horse led the Lakota’s to a victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn.



This battle is known as “Custer’s Last Stand” as he was killed along with his entire unit of 200 soldiers.

  • This battle is known as “Custer’s Last Stand” as he was killed along with his entire unit of 200 soldiers.

  • Little Bighorn will be remembered for two reasons:

  • 1. It was the biggest victory Native Americas won over the U.S.



The 2nd reason was it led to the end of all Native American’s freedom and the loss led the government to take stronger measures to defeat the Native Americans

  • The 2nd reason was it led to the end of all Native American’s freedom and the loss led the government to take stronger measures to defeat the Native Americans

  • By the end of 1877, Crazy Horse and the Lakota were forced into reservations.



The last major conflict between the U.S. and the Native Americans took place in 1890.

  • The last major conflict between the U.S. and the Native Americans took place in 1890.

  • A group of Lakota decided to leave the reservation and were captured at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.



While most families were turning over their weapons, a shot was fired.

  • While most families were turning over their weapons, a shot was fired.

  • The U.S. Army began to return fire, killing about 300 Lakota, mostly women and children.

  • This marked the end of the wars between the U.S. and the Native Americans.



What changes threatened the way of life for Native Americans?

  • What changes threatened the way of life for Native Americans?

  • Why was the Battle of Little Bighorn important?




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