June 25-26, 1876, or 135 years ago, the Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought north of Sheridan near Hardin, Montana. During Thursday's edition of Public Pulse, Vincent Heier, author of one book about the battle and another about General George Armstrong Custer, says that though the battle is most commonly criticized for Custer's defeat, it is also controversial for several other reasons in relation to the historical time period.
Heier's book discusses how the event is viewed by some today as another tragic story in the treatment of Native Americans. With the discovery of gold in the Black Hills in 1874, and the American presence on that land that ensued, the American conflict with the Native Americans was heightened. Native Americans were trying to maintain their way of life in the area, and Heier says that the Lakota and Cheyenne were obviously angered by these things leading up to the battle.
In the end, Heier says the result of the battle was a combination of strong motivations of Native Americans protecting their land and Custer's mistakes.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield is a National Monument and is located just south of Hardin on the Crow Agency.