History & Culture
NPS Photo/Steven Lang
This site recognizes the attack by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th U. S. Cavalry on the Cheyenne encampment of Peace Chief Black Kettle as a nationally significant element of the United States Government Indian policy and the struggles of the Cheyenne to maintain control of their traditional homelands.
Explore plants traditionally used by the Cheyenne in the Washita Native Garden. Shaped as a medicine wheel, the Native Garden is separated into four portions: Daily Living, Medicinal, Edible, and Home. The medicine wheel symbolizes the sacred hoop in many Plains Indian cultures. Visitors to the garden will be educated on native plant species and their importance in the tribal communities.
Click on the picture above to learn more about this garden.
Did You Know?
As Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his men rode towards Black Kettle's camp they endured four days of blizzard conditions. Several troops were affected by the inclement weather including field surgeons Henry Lippincott and William Renicke both of whom were stricken with snow blindness.