Funds approved for Little Bighorn Indian Memorial

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7 , i- ,. ,- iff r i . ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO Visitors view the mass grave marker on Custer Hill near the visitors center at The Battle of Little Big Horn National Monument In Crow Agency, Mont., In this June 23, 1996, file photo. A decade after authorizing construction, Congress has agreed to provide the money to build a memorial to Native American warriors who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Funds approved for Little Bighorn Indian memorial BY BECKY BOHRER Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. - A decade after authorizing construction, Congress has agreed to provide the money to build a memorial to Native American warriors who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. "This is good, good, good, great news," said Neil Mangum, superintendent at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in southeastern Montana. Congress approved $2.3 million Wednesday to build the memorial at the battlefield, where Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry troops were wiped out 125 years ago. The money was included in the spending bill for the Interior Department that now goes to President Bush for approval. Construction could begin as early as spring and be completed ...... I - -r ,- by next summer, Mangum said. On June 25, 1876, Custer staged a surprise attack on an Indian village on the banks of the Little Bighorn River. He expected relatively few warriors. He badly miscalculated. A force of Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe warriors estimated to be as many as 2,500 counterattacked. Custer and his immediate command -some 260 soldiers and his Crow Indian scouts - were surrounded and wiped out. White headstones, along with a looming granite hilltop memorial, honor the men who fought with Custer at what is known as Last Stand Hill. But there's "no visual image for the Indians who fought here," Mangum said. "That was a strong argument for a memorial." The Indian memorial design includes bronze tracings of three d-i - 1 ; warriors, representing the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe, and a "spirit gate," meant to welcome the cavalry dead. Linda Pease, a Crow Indian who served on a memorial advisory committee, said the memorial will help further the understanding of Indian views of the battle. "Now, it is a time when our government needs to look inward to find strength within its own people," said Pease, whose greatgrandfather was a scout for Custer. "We are some of those people that need our citizenships in the United States reaffirmed." Former Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., who pushed the authorizing legislation, said the money should have been provided earlier. "This ... will reconcile the anger and misunderstandings that have lasted too long between native people and the rest of us," Williams said. ' ' ' V WgrWttK"'-

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  2. 19 Oct 2001, Fri,
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