Thanks for that report...sounds like they are being very thorough in their considerstions. I especially liked:
And not only the living might object to the loss of the collection, she said. "I can't imagine that Libbie Custer would be doing anything but turning over in her grave over the prospect of moving the collections," she said.
In fact, the wishes of Custer's widow are being taken into consideration. Gary Moore, an attorney in the solicitor's office of the Interior Department in Billings, said he has been asked to look into whether relocating the collection would comply with the department's rules and regulations, and whether it would conflict with any provisions of Libbie Custer's will.
I presume she donated many of the items there, to include Custer's notification appointing him to the 2nd U.S. Cavalry upon graduation from West Point.
I'm considerably impressed that Libbie's were even considered. In this day and age, integrity and honor are rare. Too bad that politics and greed continue to plague the LBH so the battle never gets the exposure and interpretation it deserves. They should buy a square block in Hardin and create a high tech modern facility and exhibit everything LBH related...back off from the battlefield and reclaim it...do something similary to what they did with Gettysburg's outdated museum.
LOL...I sympathize, but that may be giving more notoriety to this battle than it really deserves. I mean, it is big to US, but in the overall scheme of American military history, its really a small thing. If George Custer, charismatic darling of the Civil War, weren't in command there, it would even a smaller blip, regardless of the casualties.
Perhaps the Lakota and Cheyenne have a bigger reason to make a big deal out of this battle, but they are reticent to do so for many reasons...social, financial, and moral.
For me of more interest is not so much how the Army lost this fight, but rather how the Indians came to win it. Their tribal and military histories leading up to this climactic fight that allowed them to destroy two Army battalions this way, and then their almost immediate destruction afterwards.
THAT would deserve a good historical treatment/presentation.
I agree...small in the overall sense. Funny thing about the LBH is that every state that borders Montana seeks to cash in on the Custer/LBH "thing" ---yet MT takes it largely for granted. Native Montanans have grown up with it and the intrigue is somewhat diminished by that. The "Custer Country" tourism board recently detailed some Montana Travel Council stats that showed historical sites (guess where?!) as one of the top 3 reasons touristas travel and or stop in the state, esp. in the central/eastern zone. Seems that could be reason enuf to help get the NPS moving on a proper facility, etc. Private individuals have tried (GarryOwen, Ft. Custer) but the conflict and local politics are killers.