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Amphitheater Ceremony

Webmaster's Note: Below are photos of the National Park Service and Friends official ceremony to remember the soldiers and warriors who fell on June 25-26, 1876. The ceremony was conducted at the amphitheater in the Custer National Cemetery on June 25, 2006.

All photos © Sonja LaPointe, Chuck Merkel, Megan Reece, and Mike Semenock as noted.


l-r: Chauncey Whitright (was member of the Indian Memorial Committee), Douglas War Eagle, and Ernie LaPointe. Photo by LaPointe.

Superintendent Darrell Cook welcomes guests. He spoke about the importance of the warrior markers being unveiled today. Photo by Reece

Cook Ė Deep Ravine Trail can be seen in the background. Photo by Semenock

Douglas War Eagle of the Crazy Horse family speaks about his relative who fought on this field 130 years before. Photo by Reece

War Eagle is a quiet and gentle man. His family has been a great help to the NPS and the battlefield. Photo by Semenock

Enos Poor Bear, Jr. His father was a major player in making the Indian Memorial a reality. Photo by Reece

Enos presents the recently designed new flag of the Oglala nation to Cook for the NPS. Photo by Semenock

Enos and Cook show the new flag to the guests. Photo by Merkel

Chief Historian John Doerner addresses the crowd. Photo by Reece

Doerner shared the remarkable stories of the warriors who were honored this day with new warrior markers. Photo by Merkel.

Doerner also spoke about the fortitude of the Custer soldiers. Photo by Semenock.

Next to address the crowd with his great sense of humor was Ernie LaPointe, great great grandson of Sitting Bull. Photo by Semenock.

LaPointe thanked everyone for attending today in honoring the fallen warriors and soldiers. Photo by Merkel.

LaPointe and his wife Sonja present a special wreath made of sweet grass and tobacco for the new warrior marker for Black White Man. Photo by Reece.

A close-up photo of the wreath handmade by the LaPointes. Photo by Semenock.

Steve Alexander next spoke about George Custer and his defeat 130 years before. Photo by Merkel.

One of the special speakers was Ken Custer of the Custer family. Photo by Reece.

Ken Custer is a great guy. All of us could tell he was happy to be there. All welcomed him. Photo by Semenock.

Larry Gibsonís group brought a beautiful wreath to lay at the 7th Cav Monument. He spoke about his groupís horseback ride. Photo by Reece.

They followed Custerís trail from Ft. Lincoln near Bismarck, ND to the battlefield. Photo by Semenock.

Pres Bob Reece explained how it was Rick Meyer, Lakota Oglala Joe Marshall, and his dream to develop Friends into what it is today. Photo by Reece.

That aspiration was to bring the Indians and whites together on an annual basis to remember the soldiers and warriors who fell here. Photo by Semenock

Gibosnís men and the wreath they would present at the base of the 7 Cavarly Monument. Photo by Reece.

Steve Alexanderís reenactors leave the ceremony via the battlefield road toward Medicine Tail Coulee and another reenactment. Photo by Merkel.

It was quite a sight! Photo by Merkel.


At the conclusion of the amphitheater program, the crowd walked to the head of the Deep Ravine Trail where one of the eight new warrior markers was placed. Please join us at Deep Ravine Trail and the unveiling of the marker.

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