125 Years Later: Wounded Knee. Today marks the 125th Anniversary of the Wounded Knee massacre (December 29, 1890). Old and young, men, women and children were killed without mercy. Some say it was revenge, accounts of the horrific mutilations and the resulting celebration of death sickens the souls of our modern day selves. We cannot take back what has been done. History teaches us, but are we ready to learn the lessons? This book is considered one of the best, unbiased overall views of this event, it is comprehensive and a recommended read by our own Donovin Sprague (Lakota Author, Historian & Teacher). This book is available at our Prairie Edge Book & Music Store.
by: Jerome A. Greene
As the year 1890 wound to a close, a band of more than three hundred Lakota Sioux Indians led by Chief Big Foot made their way toward South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to join other Lakotas seeking peace.
Fearing that Big Foot's band was headed instead to join "hostile" Lakotas, U.S. troops surrounded the group on Wounded Knee Creek. Tensions ran high and on the morning of December 29, as the embattled Lakotas prepared to give up their arms, disaster struck.
Accounts vary on what triggered the violence as Indians and soldiers unleashed thundering volumes of gunfire at each other, but the consequences were horrific: some two hundred innocent Lakota men, women and children were slaughtered.
American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 - the first comprehensive account of Wounded Knee to appear in more than fifty years - explores the complex events leading up to the tragedy, the killings themselves and the troubled legacy that resulted.