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The Wounded Knee Massacre

December 29, 2016 marked the 126 anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre that took place in South Dakota
An estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops who were sent to disarm them. The infamous day is a constant reminder in Indian country.
Donovin Sprague is Minneconjou from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a descendent of those who survived that day. He is also an adjunct professor of American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University.

Sprague says the Wounded Knee massacre is an event that’s emblematic of what Native American’s think about on a daily basis….

Loss of land, loss of language and traumatic events," Sprague says. "It’s just something that will never go away. I always like Black Elk’s quote that the hoop of life landed at Wounded Knee in 1890 and that we can always rebuild a hoop. It takes mending and healing.”

Sprague says dialogue surrounding the Wounded Knee massacre needs to continue and be learned from

“It’s not like somebody coming and saying ‘Well, they’re waiting for someone to hold them and say I’m sorry.'" Sprague says. "It’s more about honoring those that died and how can we avoid those mistakes or are we learning from those mistakes or are we still doing that around the world. Are there similar events?”

Each year, a commemorative journey traces the path of Chief Spotted Elk’s band of Minneconjou Lakota who fled the Standing Rock Reservation in December of 1890 following the assassination of Chief Sitting Bull. Spotted Elk, also known as Big Foot, and hundreds of Lakota were on a 190 mile journey trying to make it to Pine Ridge.

Wounded Knee Massacre Happened 126 Years Ago LEE STRUBINGER Dec 30 2016

The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred on December 29, 1890,[4] near Wounded Knee Creek (LakotaČhaŋkpé Ópi Wakpála) on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the U.S. state of South Dakota.
The previous day, a detachment of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside intercepted Spotted Elk's band of Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte and escorted them 5 miles (8.0 km) westward to Wounded Knee Creek, where they made camp. The remainder of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, led by Colonel James W. Forsyth, arrived and surrounded the encampment. The regiment was supported by a battery of four Hotchkiss mountain guns.[5]
On the morning of December 29, the troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle, claiming he had paid a lot for it.[6] A scuffle over the rifle ensued and by the time it was over, more than 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 were wounded (4 men and 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300.[1] Twenty-five soldiers also died, and 39 were wounded (6 of the wounded later died).[7] At least twenty soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor.[8] In 2001, the National Congress of American Indians passed two resolutions condemning the awards and called on the U.S. government to rescind them.[9] The site of the battlefield has been designated a National Historic Landmark.[4] In 1990, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a resolution formally expressing "deep regret" for the massacre.[10]

Wounded Knee Massacre From Wikipedia

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