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County name likely to stay, but other new names are happening

ARAPAHO, Okla. - It's likely that nobody put up a fight when Custer County was named in 1896, just a couple months short of the 20th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Gov. Reggie Wassana said his ancestors "were just worried about living."

"I doubt that they would have made waves," Wassana said. "They were probably afraid of repercussions."

Wassana said he never heard his grandparents mention the fact that a county and a city named for George Armstrong Custer lie in the heart of territory that until 1892 was their tribal reservation and continues today under tribal jurisdiction.


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