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Travels with Herb

Herb Huseland is touring the country as part of r-'n-r from the rat race. At this point, he's in eastern Montana and the Dakotas.

As I stood at the top of last stand hill, I felt the most profound experience historically I ever have.

Celebrated at this site, of course, is the Custer massacre. Somehow, at the time General Terry arrived on scene, they recognized the historical implications of the event. Each place a soldier fell, is marked with a tombstone, even though they were buried at the top of the hill where I stood.

It is, however, unfortunate that the reason the Lakota were being chased was that we had once again failed to live up to the treaty reserving all of Wyoming Territory for the tribes. The Black Hills gold rush finished that.

Perhaps it would, under the circumstances, have been more appropriate to emphasize the heroic battle from the Indian perspective. After all, they were the winners.

I stopped at Mt. Rushmore and have good/bad news. The good news is that Clinton is not there. The bad news is that Reagan is not.

Herb




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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.