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Wounded Knee Massacre Monument

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Address: Wounded Knee, SD
Description: A small monument to the natives killed in the Wounded Knee massacre.

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An atrocity committed by our government

I was here with a small group. We were fortunate to have a Lakota man who is affiliated with Oglala Lakota College meet us and explain the history from the Lakota point of view... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I was here with a small group. We were fortunate to have a Lakota man who is affiliated with Oglala Lakota College meet us and explain the history from the Lakota point of view. If you just read the red sign in the parking area, you will only get the government's point of view. I recommend also visiting the heritage... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Very poignant and thought provoking place. As others have said , you get surrounded by youths as you drive in, selling sage bundles or just begging. Intimidating if no one else around. The cemetery is very sad but well worth the effort off route to see it. A real tragedy.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We made a special effort on our trip to the Black Hills, in February, to stop and visit Wounded Knee. There are other comments here decrying the unkept appearance of the site and being approached by local descendants. The burial site and common grave for the victims is exactly as shown in the pictures. In addition to being the historic... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Coming from the Little Bighorn National Monument, I had high expectations of what I would see at the Wounded Knee Massacre Monument. However, it was completely opposite. No fenced off area or large permanent Monument marker/signage could be found. As you drive into the pull off area, one is confronted with a red two sided billboard that describes the events.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You will need to read the history before and after the visit because it will be hard to find there. I am comparing this sacred ground to the Sand Creek Massacre site in Colorado, where the National Park Service gives talks, hands out brochures and there are signs that give the history and tell the story. At the Wounded Knee... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We were driving through SD and saw the Wounded Knee Massacre site marked on the map. I've always wanted to go there, so we went a little out of our way and stopped at the site. There's a sign that talks about the tragedy and we were approached by two Indians selling necklaces and hand painted amulets. What a sad... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We went to Wounded Knee on a rainy Sunday. It was quite hard to find and not that well marked. I was surprised that such an important event in history was so under rated. The sign was hand painted by the Native Americans. There was a monument with names of the deceased carved on it. Don't be surprised if several... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I have been interested in this part of history ever since I first learned about it in Elementary school. It was well worth the visit, the residents of the Shannon reservation sell beautiful handcrafted jewelry to tourist. Bring cash.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I'm still not sure how I feel about visiting this memorial. First, it's not a tourist attraction. If you are not familiar with what happened at Wounded Knee &/or are not interested in honoring those who were massacred here, then I don't think you would drive the miles onto the Reservation to get there. You are visiting the sacred memorial... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We spent quite a bit of time visiting with Justin, who was very knowledgeable and was writing the history of the massacre and the lives of the Lakota. He gave us sincere and thought provoking information and left us with a better understanding of the event of those times. We also visited the cemetery at the top of the hill.... More 

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