Cheyenne Timeline

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  • c. 1680
    Cheyenne live sedentary life in permanent villages before migrating to the Great Plains.
  • c. 1700 - c. 1825
    Cheyenne have mastered the horse and become one of the most powerful Plains Indians nations of the west.
  • 1825 - 1851
    Treaties with the US Government restrict Cheyenne land rights and practice of cultural traditions.
  • 1864 - 1869
    Slaughter of Cheyenne by US Government troops and citizen militia encourage war.
  • 1869
    Cheyenne Dog Soldiers defeated and Chief Tall Bull killed at the Battle of Summit Springs; Dog Soldiers' strength broken.
  • 1876
    Cheyenne and Arapaho join with Sioux in the great victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
  • 1878
    Cheyenne chiefs Morning Star (Dull Knife) and Little Wolf lead their people from the Oklahoma Reservation back to ancestral lands in the Northern Cheyenne Exodus.