American Indian scout exhibit opens at Fort Abraham Lincoln

Mandan, North Dakota (AP) 5-08

A new exhibit at Fort Abraham Lincoln features American Indian scouts who helped U.S. soldiers get through the Dakota frontier.

Such names as Bloody Knife and Bob Tail Bull are shown beside black and white photos, with descriptions of the scouts and their exploits.

The exhibit officially opened Saturday, and a trail was dedicated in the scouts’ honor.

The fort is best known as the place where George Armstrong Custer’s troops ate, slept and prepared for the Battle of Little Bighorn where they were wiped out in 1876.

Matt Schanandore, an assistant Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation director, said Custer will always be the fort’s main focus, but the scout exhibit will be a valuable addition to the story.–––