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Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee

The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred on December 29, 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The 7th Cavalry captured 2 bands of Lakota Sioux. While disarming the warriors, an argument broke out. The soldiers opened fire, including 4 Hotchkiss mountain guns (small howitzer cannons) A few warriors fought back, but most of them were unarmed.

Many of the wounded Lakota froze to death, because the army ignored the wounded. Possibly 50 women children and survived. A few warriors escaped and fought back. Up to 300 Lakota died, possibly half of them children. 31 soldiers also died.

It is widely believed that the 7th Cavalry opened fire as revenge for Custer’s Massacre 14 years earlier. Remembrance of this ruins my Christmas holidays.

 

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Wounded Knee Massacre: December 29, 1890. Over 200 Lakota Sioux men, women, & children killed by the US 7th Cavalry in South Dakota. Probably the worst massacre in US history until 911.

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