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Little Bighorn battle marks 140th anniversary

REAL BIRD RANCH, Mont. -- On the 140th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, an organizer of the annual reenactment said this year will be bigger and better.

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The entrance sign to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana during the summer of 2010. (iStock image)

REAL BIRD RANCH, Mont. -- On the 140th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, an organizer of the annual reenactment said this year will be bigger and better.

The re-enactment is one event scheduled for the 2016 Crow Native Days, a six-day celebration in Crow Agency. Festivities kicked off on Tuesday, and the event runs through Sunday.

The hallmark of Crow Native Days is the re-enactment. There will be three showings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Real Bird Ranch, near the site of the battle 140 years ago.

Saturday's re-enactment falls on the first anniversary date of the two-day battle. Prior to the main showing, the participants will be at the cavalry encampment, putting on displays of preparation.

“We’re going to do more cavalry drills, more history on the military at that time,” said Jim Real Bird, an organizer of the re-enactment.

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Participants come from all around to suit up and take part in the re-enactment, Real Bird said. He got a call from one South African man, who has roots in Montana, to join the cavalry.

Prior to the main reenactment, there will be a two-hour horse ride on Saturday, Real Bird said. They will visit the areas traveled by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, along with members of the 7th Cavalry and scouts from the Crow and Arikara tribes.

The ride will take them on a trail to Weir Point, which was one point of attack during the battle.

"From Weir Point, he dropped into what we call Cedar Coulee," Real Bird said. "And then we'll drop into Medicine Tail Coulee ford."

The ride will take them back to the 11-acre battle re-enactment site, where more than 100 actors will represent the 7th Cavalry on one side and the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes on the other.

“The main battle ends with all the 50 soldiers and 60 warriors fighting across the river,” Real Bird said.

Crow Native Days will host an array of other events throughout the week, including powwows, skill competitions, rodeos and high-speed Indian relays.

Call 406-638-3732 for more information on Crow Native Days.

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