The Indian Wars - 17:30 The Indian Wars Homestead Act,...

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17:30 The Indian Wars Homestead Act, passed in 1862, offered people 160 acres of land in the mid- West if they could stick it out for 5 years. The problem was the best lands  were given to the railroad companies, and the land that was left was too arid  to grow on. The Timmer Culture Act, passed in 1873, doubled the 160 acres to 320 acres. Custer’s Last Stand Around 1874, rumors were released that gold had been found in the Black Hills, a  sacred land for the Sioux. Custer recognizes this as a chance to increase the military presence in the Black Hills,  so he proceeds into present-day Montana. Two factions of the Sioux tribe. Red Cloud who wanted peace, and Sitting Bull and  Crazy Horse who wanted war. Custer decides he is going to forge ahead of the other army units in the area. This gives  the Sioux and Cheyenne a chance to surround Custer at Little Big Horn (Greasy Grass). 
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course HIST 1302 taught by Professor Jeffreyschulze during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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