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From John Chau to Captain Cook: The fatal attractions of Missionaries and other Colonising Zealots. Part Five: The Four Pillars of George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00;
Custer’s fatal attack on the Plains peoples, made famous as the Battle of the Little Big Horn, known to the Lakota as the Battle of the Slippery Grass, also known as Custer’s Last Stand. It was a decisive and total rout of the regiment of that proud and haughty United States Army which he impulsively led into battle on the day. It’s a battle that has gone down in the annals of history as a day that native people fought back and won. Of course, the dreadful and revenge filled retribution imposed by United States government forces that followed, is an uncomfortable and inconvenient truth for white America to face today; one usually avoided or simply ignored. George Custer, portrayed as swaggering hero; the truth of the man is likely to have been something far less admirable. The background for Custer’s attack was an aggressive policy by the United States…