The author refers to a time when the Kiowa were living "their last great moments in history." What happened to end this period in Kiowa history?

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This period was ended due to the exterminationist practices of the US Army. The Kiowa were a nomadic people, and as the US settlers sought to seize more and more land, the US cavalry worked to make the Kiowas' nomadic form of life impossible. After defeating them at Fort Sill and elsewhere, the US cavalry disarmed many of the Kiowa, took their horses, and began the process of corralling them to a small reservation near Rainy Mountain.

While the extent to which the United States has sought full genocide against the Indigenous people of North America has varied, it has consistently sought to eradicate Indigenous ways of life. Given the nomadic nature of the Kiowa people, confining them to a small reservation prevented them from living in their traditional ways. Further, the intentional destruction of wild herds of buffalo eliminated a traditional source of food for the Kiowa, preventing them from continuing vital cultural traditions.

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