- the conflict that occurred between the us government and the native american indian tribes, known as the great sioux war it was a lengthy, disjointed struggle between the us army and the allied tribes of the teton sioux and northern cheyenne indians that occurred in the span of fifteen months between, march 1876 and may 18771. In virginia, the first colony, very tense relationships existed between the english colonists and the indian confederacy headed by powhatan, whose daughter, pocahontas, became an intermediary between englishmen and native americans. White and indian relations between 1865 to 1900 confrontations and conflicts between white american and native american during the late eighteen hundreds become increasingly one sided from ritual practices and beliefs to land ownership and government policy native americans and there white contour parts differed greatly. The interaction between dunbar and the sioux is powerfully effective precisely because the sioux remain true to themselves they are not cartoonishly hostile like the indians depicted in old westerns, but they are not soft or naïve either.
1859 - mendocino war - a conflict between settlers and native americans in california that took place in 1859 several hundred indians were killed several hundred indians were killed 1860 - paiute war - also known as pyramid lake war, the war was fought between northern paiute , along with some shoshone and bannock, and white settlers. By setting the boundaries of the newly recognized united states at the mississippi river and the great lakes, that treaty virtually ensured future conflicts between whites and resident tribes. General george crook and 1,000 troops, supported by 300 crow and shoshone, fought against 1,500 members of the sioux and cheyenne tribes the battle at rosebud creek lasted for over six hours this was the first time that native americans had united together to fight in such large numbers.
Other mainstream scholars have done a great disservice to lakota history by stressing these relatively minor divisions within the lakota peoples, amplified by violent conflicts with nearby native nations, and suggesting that the united states was instrumental in pacifying the plains sioux because of intertribal warfare. No instance of indian resistance engendered more passion than the conflict between the sioux and the us army in the northern plains the indian agents in the dakotas, wyoming, and montana had long tried in vain to control the sioux, many of who entered and left the reservations at will. As a reader who has native american roots in the central plains, this is a story that resonates it is history told through the words of the key participants in the us government's reservation system forced upon the lakota sioux.
The lakota (pronounced , lakota language: lakȟóta) are a native american tribe also known as the teton sioux (from thítȟuŋwaŋ ),  they are one of the three sioux tribes of plains their current lands are in north and south dakota. Some native american nations, like the pawnee, cooperated with the united states and protected railroad employees from attacks by the sioux, who were known for sabotaging railroad construction. Hand color tinted photo of chief red cloud an oglala sioux native american indian 1897 red cloud became the most important war leader of the sioux and cheyenne during the 1860s in their opposition to the westward expansion of the whites. Yellow thunder's death results in an open conflict between the native americans, sioux that are predominately lakota and oglala that live on the pine ridge reservation in south dakota, and the white population of this town near the border.
Armed conflict between the lakota, northern cheyenne, and arapaho and the united states in the wyoming and the montana territories from 1866 to 1868 fought over control of the powder river country in north central wyoming. There a number of ways you can look at the conflict on the plains it is possible to see the conflict as a clash of cultures white americans did not understand the native americans' way of life.
The yankton sioux spoke the n, or nankota, dialect, and the teton, in the west, spoke the l, or lakota, dialect within the sioux nation, the tetons were the most powerful and numerous of the three divisions. Violence between various groups of native americans was not uncommon and opportunities for conflict between tribes increased as more groups were forced westward the result of each tribal removal led to conflicts between the new arrivals and native americans in the west regarding an ever-shrinking amount of resources and land. The following is a representative survey of conflicts between native americans and europeans over three centuries.