History & Culture

The 1868 Battle of Washita
by Steven Lang

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Congress established Washita Battlefield National Historic Site as a unit of the national park system on November 12, 1996.

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.
 
The history & culture of Washita Battlefield can be explored in this parks...
 
Crimson Dawn by Harvey Pratt

Crimson Dawn by Harvey Pratt

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People

 
The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Visitor Center with tipi out front.

The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Visitor Center with tipi out front.

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Places

 
Tpis in the snow.

Tipis in the snow

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Stories

 
Native Garden

Native Garden

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Preservation

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.

 
Doctoral Candidate Mrs. Kim McKissick doing research in the library at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.

Doctoral Candidate Mrs. Kim McKissick doing research in the library at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.

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Research

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