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Despite the attention being paid Mari Sandoz's work in these beginning years of the new millennium, it is ironic that in the thirty-nine years since the posthumous appearance of The Battle of the Little Bighorn [1], the public has nevertheless grown all but unaware of what a first this book was. It seems appropriate then to turn to a view of the battlefield and to consider this book's unique contributions. (Photo 1) There is the debunking of Custer's 'hero-icon' treatment that readers were not accustomed to hearing frequently prior to the work's publication. Thus, much of Sandoz's outlook on Custer and his reasons for surprising the Sioux and Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn--ideas that were novel and departure enough at the time as to strike many as unconventional and to the extent, too, that reviewers often labeled the book as controversial--have themselves since become so accepted they no longer have an unfamiliar ring to them. As a consequence, her contributions have tended to be forgotten in connection with the way they ironically helped change public awareness. There is another contribution that this book makes that further tends to be overlooked which came about from the number of reliable sources since becoming available, source which, at the same time supply us with the kind of information that her work was unique in providing. [2] In particular she focuses the reader's attention on the way the Plains informants attested to the constant warnings that Custer, previous to the attack, received from his Crow and Arikara (Ree) scouts concerning the danger of engaging their traditional enemies, the Sioux, then encamped along this river's banks. (Photo 2)

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