Questions and Answers Chapter 12: The War for the Black Hills

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1. What prompted whites to begin settling in the Black Hills?

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2. What was the debate the chiefs had over what should be demanded from the U.S.?

3. What was the meaning of Sitting Bull’s vision?

4. Why did the Indians go to Little Bighorn Valley?

5. What did the American outrage after the Custer massacre produce?

Answers
1. General Custer’s report that the hills were full of gold prompted the whites to converge on the Black Hills.

2. The chiefs had debated whether to accept payment for the gold mined in the hills, or absolute Indian sovereignty over the hills, with no miners allowed in the hills.

3. Sitting Bull envisioned that the white men had no ears to hear the Indians’ requests, and so they would be killed.

4. Indians went to the valley because of reports that there were many antelope there, as well as good grazing land for their horses.

5. After Custer was killed, the Sioux were forced to give up their rights to the Black Hills.

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