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This chapter records an important passage in the history of the West as tension between the Indians

This chapter records an important passage in the history of the West as tension between the Indians

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This chapter records an important passage in the history of the West as tension between the Indians  and the whites continued to mount. The U.S. Government began making treaties with the Sioux in  1851, but in 1871 Congress stopped recognizing the Indian tribes as sovereign nations with treaty- making prerogatives. The treaty of 1851, between Red Cloud and the U.S. government, recognized  the Black Hills as Indian territory. But that land became too valuable for American empire-builders to  ignore. With the help of Martha Jane Canary, commonly known as Calamity Jane, General George  Armstrong Custer led the Black Hills Gold Discovery Expedition in 1874. (Custer's personal vanity  prompted him to wear his blonde hair longer than most men did at the time, hence the name Long  Hair.) His discovery of gold brought many adventurers and settlers to the area. The Sioux did not 
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