Guide to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument was officially recognized and designated a national cemetery under the headquarters of the Army in 1879. Subsequently, boundary, the Reno-Benteen Battlefield, and the erection of a public historic museum was authorized.
In 1940, Custer Battlefield National Cemetery was transferred from the War Department to the National Park Service. In 1946 the name was changed to Custer Battlefield National Monument. In 1991, it was renamed Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and a memorial to honor Native American participation in the Battle of the Little Bighorn was authorized.
The national monument contains 765.34 acres, in two separate holdings surrounded by the Crow Indian Reservation.
The site commemorates one of America's most famous battles, the Battle of the Little Bighorn when two culturally divergent forces clashed in a life and death struggle to on one hand, perpetuate national expansion, and on the other, to preserve a way of life.
The Battle of the Little Bighorn fought on June 25-26, 1876 at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, symbolized a high water mark in a 400 year struggle between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is a special place, largely unchanged, allowing profound personal reflection on the historic event, and the American consciousness.