Lead: The death of George Armstrong Custer and his men was rooted in a fundamental disagreement about the way people should live.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Beginning in the early 1800s the youthful United States began to formulate a policy toward its Indian population. Few stopped to consider the opinions of Native Amer-icans who had lived on the North American continent for centuries. The solution was to push these aboriginal tribes west, across the Mississippi to mix with their western cousins, leaving white civilization in peace.