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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 12/16/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

Trails Center Announces Program on the Dull Knife Fight

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC or Trails Center) is presenting a program about one of the last battles of the Plains Indian wars, the Dull Knife Fight.

Author Tom Rea.
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The one-hour program, free and open to the public, will be held on Jan. 9, 2010 at 1 p.m. in the NHTIC theater. Local journalist and author Tom Rea is giving the presentation.

Late in November, 1876, about 1,100 troops under Colonel Ranald MacKenzie and 400 Indian allies attacked a camp of 900 Northern Cheyenne, led by Chief Morning Star, known to whites as Dull Knife. The Indian camp was located in a secluded valley on the Red Fork of the Powder River, in the southern Big Horn Mountains west of present Kaycee, Wyo.

The Cheyenne warriors stopped the initial charge, and then fought a brilliant delaying action all the next day, as their families escaped into the mountains and the snow with few horses, little warm clothing and no lodges. The following spring, Dull Knife surrendered and the Indians were moved on to reservations.

“This engagement was one of the last of the Indian Wars on the Northern Plains, and the Northern Cheyenne did a remarkable job surviving it, considering the circumstances,” Rea said.

For more information about the program, contact Jason Vlcan at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, WY. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on Sunday through Monday.

The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 12-16-2009