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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

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     challenging words:    battle, famous, unity, near, aside, lived, eager, peace, search, claim, died, important, arrive, buffalo, also, cemetery
     content words:    Little Bighorn River, Native Americans, Black Hills, South Dakota, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, Lakota Sioux, Native American, Last Stand, Bighorn River, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument


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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
By Meg Leonard
  

1     A famous battle happened in 1876. It happened near the Little Bighorn River. This is in Montana. Native Americans and settlers were fighting over this land. The Native Americans had lived here for many years. They lived freely on the land. They moved to follow the buffalo. Settlers were eager to claim these lands for their own. Gold was found in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The settlers wanted to search for more gold. More settlers moved west. This caused more fights with the Native Americans over land.
 
2     The battle began when Lieutenant Colonel George Custer took his men to scout the area. They were supposed to wait for more soldiers to arrive before they attacked. Custer did not wait. He charged the Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne. These were two of the Native American tribes in the area. There were a lot more Sioux and Cheyenne than soldiers. All of Custer's men were killed. Custer was also killed. That is how this battle became .....
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