Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
School considers 'Custer' performance
OCTOBER 10, 2000
The Battle of Little Bighorn stands out in the minds of many because of the monumental defeat the Army suffered at the hands of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow warriors. Along with a mock trial of Custer, the 1876 battle was recently commemorated at the Little Bighorn Days in Montana.
The re-enactment there, however, was likely more authentic than the one being portrayed by the Lewis and Clark band. During half-time of school activities, the band performs a series of musical numbers in which students dress as Native Americans and perform a "war dance."
The act was recently performed during the half-time at a football game against Shadle Park High on September 28. A student of Shadle, Dylan Lodge, watched the performance and told The Spokesman Review it was "gaudy."
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On Oct. 10, the school board responsible for the band reviewed its skit and decided to curtail the cartoonish elements. Score one for common sense.
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