Descendant of Sitting Bull to share tale It's part of annual Custer celebration
BY JOE ROSSITER • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • October 3, 2008
A direct descendant of Chief Sitting Bull will be among the guests participating in this year's Custer Celebration Event in Monroe, which begins today and continues through Oct. 11.
The 10th annual event pays tribute to the city's most famous resident, Gen. George Armstrong Custer, a Civil War hero who was one of American history's most controversial figures.
Ernie LaPointe, great-grandson of the legendary Lakota chief and spiritual leader Sitting Bull, is to speak Sunday at the Monroe County Historical Museum and recount the events of the Battle of the Little Big Horn as passed down orally from his ancestors.
"Besides being a big economic boost for the area, this is a historical celebration of the life and times of a genuine hometown hero," said Dave Ingall, assistant director of the museum.
Exhibits of rare Custer-era artifacts on loan from national private and public collections also are to be on display.
Other activities include a concert in the park by the 126th Army Band of the Michigan National Guard, contra dancing demonstrations and a grand ball reminiscent of a gala hosted to honor Russian Grand Duke Alexis.
For information and a complete schedule of events, go to http://www.blogsmonroe.com/custer or call 734-241-0201.
Contact JOE ROSSITER at 313-222-6594 or firstname.lastname@example.org