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Oral Histories of Northern Cheyenne Descendants of the Battle of Little Bighorn, 1985-1987

Cover image from Royal Jackson's final report, Custer Battlefield National Monument Oral History Program, 1987.

Information and Credits

OH 20

The Oral Histories of Northern Cheyenne Descendants of the Battle of Little Bighorn collection documents a project, led in the mid-1980s by Oregon State University professor Royal Jackson, that sought to capture the perspective of contemporary Northern Cheyenne tribal members on the famous 1876 battle between certain of their ancestors and the U.S. 7th Cavalry, led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. The interviews held in this collection also lend extensive insight into the changes experienced by the Northern Cheyenne people throughout the twentieth century and provide a snapshot of the Northern Cheyenne as they viewed themselves in the mid-1980s.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


0.4 cubic feet, including 28 audiocassettes; 2 boxes


The materials described in this collection have been arranged into two series, one describing the collection's audiocassettes and a second the collection's final report and published transcripts. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings and transcripts are held in this collection is as follows:

  • Bement, Eldora (September 18, 1986)
  • Big Head, August (October 3, 1985)
  • Brady, Raymond, Sr. (September 9, 1986)
  • Glenmore, Josephine (September 17, 1985)
  • Knows Gun, Sylvester, Sr. (September 11, 1986)
  • Limpy, Henry (September 11, 1986)
  • Little Wolf, Gilbert (September 17, 1985)
  • Medicine Bull, Bert (October 10, 1985)
  • Rising Sun, Ted (September 9, 1986)
  • Roundstone, Martin (September 16, 1985)
  • Rowland, Allen (October 13, 1985)
  • Shoulderblade, Issac (October 1, 1985)
  • Shoulderblade, Jim (September 26, 1985)
  • Sioux, Henry (September 22, 1985)
  • Spotted Wolf, Clarence (September 16, 1986)
  • Stands in Timber, Elva (October 6, 1985)
  • Walks Along, Joe (September 13, 1985)
  • White Dirt, Charlie (September 22, 1985)
  • White Wolf, Fred (September 30, 1985)
  • Wolf Black, Charlie (October 10, 1985)

Related Papers

This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which documents the lives and activities of African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American communities of Oregon. Researchers interested in the Native American oral tradition may wish to consult the Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings (OH 12) collection, which documents the Tolowa and Tututni languages indigenous to the Siletz and Coquille tribes. The Royal G. Jackson Papers are also held by the Special Collections & Archives Research Center.

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