Little Bighorn memorial row

Robert Cherwink (rc@vom.com)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 22:37:19 -0700


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ANGRY white traditionalists are calling for a halt to a memorial at Little Bighorn, designed to honour Sitting Bull's Sioux warriors who died 121 years ago in their victory over General Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

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London Times August 26 1997=20

=20 Custer bites dust again in Little Bighorn memorial row =20 BY TUNKU VARADARAJAN =20 ANGRY white traditionalists are calling for a halt to a memorial at Little Bighorn, designed to honour Sitting Bull's Sioux warriors who died 121 years ago in their victory over General Custer and the Seventh Cavalry. =20 Work on the memorial is set to begin this week at the Little Bighorn National Monument, run by the US National Parks Service, some 50 miles east of Billings, Montana. =20 The project was conceived in a 1991 Act of Congress, signed into law by President Bush. Yet enraged critics say that erecting an Indian monument at Little Bighorn is akin to "handing the Vietnam War memorial over to the Vietnamese". =20 Critics say that the memorial will "Indianise" the battlefield. James Court, a local tour operator who was once the monument's superintendent, said: "It takes things too far over to one side." =20 Wayne Sarf, who publishes a monthly newsletter on General Custer, has also spoken out. He said: "If you want to emphasise the Indian victory, please don't do it at the mass grave of 200 US soldiers." =20 About 270 cavalrymen and their Indian scouts were killed in the battle in 1876, when Lieutenant-Colonel George Armstrong Custer who attained the rank of Major-General of Volunteers in the American Civil War led his troops into battle against more than 2,000 Sioux warriors: Custer's Last Stand. =20 Critics of the memorial accuse politicians of "ethnic pandering" in their "assault on the memory of Custer". Mr Sarf's ire, and that of his confr=E8res, has been roused by the stated goal of the memorial project: to "rectify history's imbalance of the Indian role and sacrifice" at the battle. The 1991 law which mandated the memorial also stripped Custer's name from the site, deeming it offensive to today's American Indians. =20 Detractors are upset that the new memorial will cost as much as $2 million (=A31.25 million) to erect, while the existing memorial to the US cavalrymen, a weather-whipped granite obelisk, has a modern-day replacement value of $50,000. The memorial, designed by a husband-and-wife team of architects, neither of whom has ever set foot in Little Bighorn, is to be a circular earthen berm, or pathway, with a ceremonial gathering place in the middle. =20 The architects describe it as "an elemental landform". Visitors will enter the grass-covered berm from the east through a narrow passage. To the north, through an opening called the "weeping wound", they will see three larger-than-life sculptures of Indian warriors on horseback. =20 Gerard Baker, the superintendent of the 700-acre battlefield park, is forthright in his defence of the memorial. Speaking to The New York Times, he said: "This memorial will represent all the fallen American Indian people." Himself a Mandan Hidatsa Indian from North Dakota, he adds with a flourish: "This wasn't the only battle the Indians won."

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