Indian Wars of Northwest Nebraska

  • Date(s): Wednesday, May 24th 2023
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Niobrara County Library

Historian Randy Kane will speak about events that occurred in Dawes and Sioux counties in Nebraska involving some of the major figures in the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian wars, including Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Dull Knife, and Buffalo Bill Cody. He will describe the happenings in the 1870s at such locations as Camp Robinson (later Fort Robinson), Red Cloud Agency, Crow Butte, Warbonnet Creek, and the Council Tree. These events include the Cheyenne Breakout, the killing of Crazy Horse, the “First Scalp for Custer,” and the treaty of the Allison Commission. There may also be an opportunity to travel to several of the sites, ask for more information!

Randy spent 37 years as a history interpreter with the National Park Service, mostly at historic sites in the American West.  He has worked summers and volunteered at Fort Robinson since 2010.  He presently volunteers at the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska.   His article Who Killed Crazy Horse?: Politics at Red Cloud Agency, Summer 1877 appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Nebraska History magazine.