Battle of the Little Bighorn Reenactment - Photography by Donald Pash
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Sitting Bull Receives Written Peace Treaty

I captured this image at the 2016 Little Bighorn Battle Re-enactment, at the actual site where the battle took place, June 1876. This photo is Sitting Bull being served a written peace treaty. The tension between the native inhabitants of the Great Plains and the encroaching white European settlers in the latter half of the 19th Century resulted in a series of conflicts, known as the Indian Wars. The Indian Peace Commission of 1867-1868 had signed treaties with the Plains Indians to establish peace. Despite these accomplishments, Congress failed to fulfill the treaty stipulations quickly, and instead of initiating an era of peace, the Commission​ commenced a decade of war and bloodshed throughout the Plains