Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The November 27, 1868 Washita River Massacre

Custer did something at this massacre which greatly enraged the Anishinabe Nation. He would pay dearly for his actions after this massacre. In August of 1868, the United States was somewhat upset with the Anishinabe people of the Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas region refusual to relocate to Oklahoma and settle down to live there permanently. Supposedly they were to relocate to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) as a result of signing the Medicine Lodge Treaty. However, Anishinabe ogimak had other plans. They knew from prophecy that they had to get as far away from the whites as they could. In August of 1868, Anishinabe soldiers were busy killing whites in Colorado, Kansas, and Texas, who were most likely attacking them, as they continued on with their diasporas, especially to the north of Mexico. They killed at least 15 whites that month and wounded many others. In response to the continued Anishinabe diasporas from the Antelope Hills of western Oklahoma, near the Texas panhandle, the United States raised a force of several hundred American soldiers including those under Custers command.

Their goal was to halt the Anishinabe diasporas. On November 27, 1868, Custer and his soldiers found an Anishinabe camp and commenced to attacking it. In the massacre that followed, Anishinabe casualties were estimated to have been anywhere from 215 killed, to as low as only 13 killed. Most of the Anishinabek killed were woman and children. Since the whites had the superior weapons (howitzers, machine guns, and revolvers) the higher estimate can't be ignored. American casualties were 21 killed and 13 wounded. The Anishinabe people were minding their own business and following prophecy. It was the whites who instigated the trouble.

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