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Washita Battlefield

Cheyenne, Oklahoma
County of Roger Mills.
U.S. Route 283
National Register Number: 66000633
Resource type: Site.
The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: OK-3 Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: NPS Historic Site. See www.nps.gov/waba.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 12, 1965):
Washita Battlefield protects and interprets the site of the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle that was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer just before dawn on November 27, 1868. The controversial strike was hailed at the time by the military and many civilians as a significant victory aimed at reducing Indian raids on frontier settlements. Washita remains controversial because many Indians and whites labeled Custer's attack a massacre. Black Kettle is still honored as a prominent leader who never ceased striving for peace even though it cost him his life..

Currently, there are no known threats to the NHL.

The NHL is in good condition.

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