• Along the Washita - 1868 by Gene V. Dougherty

    Washita Battlefield

    National Historic Site Oklahoma

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site commemorates the 141st anniversary with A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

Visitors commemorating the 141st anniversary of the attack on the Washita
Over 130 guests came out to commemorate the lives lost on the bitter, cold, November morning 141 years ago.
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News Release Date: November 27, 2009

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site commemorates the 141st anniversary with

 

A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

 

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site will host “A Day of Remembrance and Reflection” on November 27th at 10 a.m. to commemorate the tragic events of that day in 1868, when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led troops of the 7th Cavalry in a surprise dawn attack against the sleeping village of Cheyenne Peace Chief Black Kettle.

 

The event will include a blessing ceremony at the park overlook led byChief Lawrence Hart, Chief Gordon Yellowman and Dr. Henrietta Mann. Other highlights of the day include speaker Oveta Lira, music by the drum group, The Red Moon Singers, along with traditional Cheyenne singers, Marie Whiteman and Ruth Brooks and a special presentation by Park Guide Minoma Littlehawk entitled, “The Cheyenne Tribe: Survival and Sustainability”.

 

“This site is hallowed ground because of what happened here on November 27, 1868, especially for the Cheyenne and Arapaho people,” said park superintendent, Lisa Conard Frost. “141 years later, Washita continues to remind us of the courage and resilience of a people; it honors all who lost their lives here, and it will be a lasting place of hope and healing for all who come here.”

Did You Know?

Indian Blanket

According to legend, the Great Spirit created the Indian Blanket to honor an Indian artisan. Also known as the Firewheel, this state wildflower of Oklahoma can be found while walking the trail at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.