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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Battle or Massacre

December 29, 1890 was the date that destroyed the lives of many Lakota Indians. It was the battle of Wounded Knee other wise known as The Wounded Knee Massacre. The battle took place near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In a manor to disarm the Lakota people the United States 7th Cavalry escorted the tribe 5 miles west  from their settlement Camp was made at Wounded Knee Creek The Indian people would be surrounded by cavalry and large guns as well. Stories say that while gathering guns one went off accidentally and the army began to shoot the Natives. Since the Lakota people had no guns after being disarmed they had no way to fight back.

In the end more than 150-300 men, women and children from the Lakota tribe had been killed. There was around 25 soldiers that also died that day. Ironically there were 20 or more soldiers awarded the Medal of Honor for the event. In 1990 the United States congress passed a resolution expressing "deep regret" for the massacre.  In 2001 many years after the event the National Congress of American Indians organized and passed two resolutions that condemned the awards.

The battle site where the massacre took place is now designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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