June 25 is a special holiday to most of the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. It is the anniversary of the day that Lt. Col. George A. Custer took himself and his troops into the valley of death. To ask a Lakota, Cheyenne or Arapaho, the three tribes that fought side-by-side at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, or Little Bighorn, why they celebrate June 25 is like asking an American military veteran why he celebrates Memorial Day or Veterans Day.
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