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Battle of Greasy Grass

June 25, 2021  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Journey Museum and Learning Center will host a program on the anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass, June 25 at 2 p.m., presented by historian Donovin Sprague.

The Battle of Greasy Grass is also known as the Battle of Little Bighorn or Custer’s Last Stand. In 1876, the U.S. Army fell to the combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes.

This is Donovin’s seventh year working with The Journey Museum and Learning Center to provide the Native American mindset of this storied conflict. However, most of this year’s presentation is new with information from his unpublished book on Chief Hump and Crazy Horse.

This program is presented at no charge, thanks to a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, the mission of which is to celebrate literature, promote civil conversation and tell the stories that define our state. A recording of the program will be available to the public.

Click here to register for the program on Zoom or join us at the museum. Museum seating is limited to 60 people. Save your spot by calling 605-394-6923 during business hours.

Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. 


A Minnicoujou Lakota, Donovin Sprague, was born and raised in Dupree, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and is from the family of Hump and Crazy Horse.

In 1994, the City of Rapid City proclaimed March 23 “Donovin Sprague Day” for his work with improving American Indian/white relations.

Donovin is head of the history department at Sheridan College in Wyoming and has previously taught at Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Wyoming, Black Hills State University, and Oglala Lakota College.

He is a consultant to the Smithsonian National American Indian Museum and the new Museum of Westward Expansion at the archway in St. Louis, Missouri. His museum historical research and written captions are at the George Heye Center American Indian Smithsonian Museum in downtown New York City.

Donovin is also a tour guide, an author of 10 books, a historian, an artisan, and a musician.He received a Coat of Arms from the Queen of England and was selected as South Dakota Ziebach County Historian of the Year. He received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the South Dakota Humanities Council, and South Dakota West River History Conference Award (2018).

He is a member of the following: Estate of Crazy Horse, Wounded Knee Survivors group, Ziebach County History Assn., Ft. Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail History Assn., Wyoming State Historical Society, Gatchell Museum Assn. Inc. in Buffalo, WY. He is also Vice President of the South Dakota West River History Conference. He has a master's degree from the University of South Dakota plus 15 graduate hours.

Donovin appears on the History Channel, History Detectives, Travel Channel, C-SPAN, National PBS TV, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, "Life and Times of Calamity Jane," and TV documentaries worldwide. He was a movie extra in "Lakota Woman."

He was featured on the front page of the "Wall Street Journal" and was interviewed by "New Yorker Magazine" in September 2019.

He presents at major universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and was a keynote speaker for the 150th anniversary of the Fetterman Fight (2016) and the 150th anniversary of the Wagon Box Fight (2017). He presented at the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Fort Laramie Educational Symposium (2018) at the Brinton Museum in Sheridan, Wyoming. He was a keynote speaker at the Fort Knox, Tennessee U.S. Army base and at Defense Logistics Information Systems in Battle Creek, Michigan for Native American Heritage Month celebrations.

Donovin's 2018 visits and presentations were at the University of Frankfurt, Germany; Lucius D. Clay U.S. Army Garrison base at Wiesbaden, Germany; and Paris, France. His 2019 presentations include Native Peoples History Conference at Jim Gatchell Museum in Buffalo, Wyoming, the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Austin-Healey Annual Conference in Deadwood, South Dakota, and the Faculty Lecture Series at Sheridan College in Wyoming.

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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.