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Wounded Knee Massacre Monument

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

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I had read "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and really wanted to see the monument. I had also read the reviews, but nothing really prepared us for what we saw. As soon as we got... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015
Pat D
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How can one describe standing at the monument in the beginning of January, crisp icy blasts of wind and the crunch of the ice and snow beneath our feet. We were utterly moved and devastated by what our white culture inflicted upon the first nations.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

29. December 1890 at Highway 27, Big Foot Trail, South Dakota. Participants: 500 troops, 350 Indians (230 men, 120 women and children). When the massacre was over, circa 300 had died, 10% of these were soldiers. The soldiers were heavily armed with four pieces of Hotchkiss 42 millimeter caliber cannons with breech-loading (at the back), on two large wheels, normal... More 

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I had read "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and really wanted to see the monument. I had also read the reviews, but nothing really prepared us for what we saw. As soon as we got out of our car, we were approached and asked for donations. One young man smelled of alcohol. The sign on the main road is... More 

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Keep in mind the poverty of the community when you visit here. The people have barely enough to subsist, and nothing left over to improve the road or beautify/maintain the cemetery. This is the site of a massacre and cemetery resulting from one of the most savage and heinous outrages perpetrated upon the Indians by the US (For killing over... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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684 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I wish I could say it was sad because of the memorial to a massacre, but what was sad and shameful is the disgusting and disrespectful way this place is maintained. No markers saying what happened where, feral dogs and kids on bikes roaming around and panhandling...truly sad and truly not how a monument to a massacre should be. Shame,... More 

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4 Thank PlatinumHoney
LaPorte, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We have been to the Black Hills a few times and I had always wanted to visit the site but never had the time. We decided to take the time this round. My Boyfriend and I are avid history buffs and felt it was an important to see and spend a little time honoring the people that died there. I... More 

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NJ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We drove a long way from Custer State Park through the Pine Ridge Reservation to get to the site. We had heard and read about the massacre all our lives and it was a 'must see' on our western trip. The shabby billboard that marks the site, the trash littering the cemetery, the run-down chapel on the site all cry... More 

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

I was intent on seeing this place. It was on the AAA map but no highway signs at all. Which made me more intent. It was about 90 miles off (south) the main road. There was a small tourist national park hdqtrs about 20 miles from Wounded Knee which was not air conditioned yet had a very knowledgeable Park Ranger.... More 

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Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

After two hours of driving from the Badlands National Park, I just realized after reading some reviews here, I never got to see the memorial/cemetery, there was no mention of it at the initial site -- before I could read the full red poster board (I never got to OVER on the board), I was being ask for money and... More 

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Sussex, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

From the town of Wall, this was a bit of a drive..close to 2 hours. Going through Badlands made the ride a little more enjoyable. As soon as pulled up to the site we were approached by 2 women selling handmade jewelry. They were Lakota and told us about their history and how they live. They told us they were... More 

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