American Indian War | American History Review
When the United States wanted to expand west, tension escalated between the U.S. and the Native Americans. This tension led to several bloody conflicts. Among these conflicts were the Sioux Wars of 1865-1867. This was a war that was caused due to American mining in the lands Native Americans believed to be sacred. Shortly after this war, the U.S. tried to relocate Native Americans to pre-established reservations. When some of the Native Americans refused to relocate, the War of Extermination was started by Generals Sherman and Sheridan in 1869. In 1875, the Black Hills became a mining area again, which caused the Sioux Wars of 1875-1876. During this time, Sitting Bull defeated General Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. This was the first time the Native Americans had achieved victory. There were several other conflicts that were primarily won by the U.S. due to their superior weapons, their acts of destruction of Native American food sources, as well as their utilization of railroads to quickly move people and supplies west.
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