In 1874, the U.S. Government sent General George Custer on an expedition into the Black Hills to find a location for a new army fort and investigate the area’s natural resources, South Dakota Public Broadcasting reports.
The confirmation of gold drew thousands of whites into the Black Hills in violation of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, which granted ownership of the Black Hills to the Lakota people.
The Custer County Historical Society observed the 140th anniversary of the Custer expedition on September 6 in the Custer High School Theater. The presentation included photographs and historic artifacts along with stories from the expedition.
Hear the full radio discussion online.