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Address: Wounded Knee, SD

A small monument to the natives killed in the Wounded Knee massacre.

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Being familiar with the history of the site (I recommend Dee Brown) helps one to apprreciate the purpose of this memorial This is the site of the massacre that virtually ended... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 13, 2016
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Tulsa Ok
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had not even parked my car & I was being approached by someone asking for a "donation" then a vehicle pulled in behind me & was selling jewelry. When I said I didn't have any cash they offered to follow me into town to an ATM and I could buy them gas. I felt extremely vulnerable & left. And... More 

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Bonnybridge bridge
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Drove miles out of my way to see this monument to a very sad episode in history .The back ground is as I expected but the monument is a little neglected made worse by the young man asking for money .if you are into US history it's a good place to visit otherwise give it a miss .

1 Thank Loftyviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Being familiar with the history of the site (I recommend Dee Brown) helps one to apprreciate the purpose of this memorial This is the site of the massacre that virtually ended the "Indian Wars". The monument itself is the final resting place for those placed in the common grave. Across road is the ditch where Hotchkiss guns were trained. We... More 

1 Thank Jeff S
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

A very neglected part of American history - site of the US cavalry's revenge for Little Bighorn. All the site consists of is a description board and a couple of roadside stalls selling trinkets and jewellery Across the road is a closed museum/visitor centre which shut down in the 70's due to lack of funding More should be made of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Do some research before you visit this place so you will know what you are looking at while you are there. It is very sad. It pretty run down and neglected. I don't understand why this doesn't look like Arlington National Cemetery. God knows we have the money for everything else. Just remember, be respectful.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

The cemetery and monument were in reasonable shape but evrything else here was sadly neglected - no guidance as to what happened where apart from a large double sided storyboard. As reported elsewhere there were a number of Indians seeking "donations". Depressing visit after great anticipation.

1 Thank Neil C
Lincoln Park, Michigan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

I wanted to have a deep reflective experience here, pay respect and memorialize the terrible event. Unfortunately, that's not what happened. After driving an hour and a half to get there, we found the memorial. We pulled into a very small parking area, and our car was surrounded immediately by beggars. Not people selling their crafts, but beggars. Men, women,... More 

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Church Hill, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

We stopped here on our way home and were appalled at the condition of the reservation. I think it is deplorable what is left of this Lakota tribe and the huge problems they have on the reservation. That being said, I find it unbelievable that the memorial is in such disaray and not taken care of. It was pitiful. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

This was a really sad piece of history, and in my opinion worth stopping at. The memorial/mass grave is not well kept and adds to how unfortunate the site is. There was a nice young man giving us additional history and a hard sell for some souvenirs. If you are in the area it's a good place to get out... More 

1 Thank Melissa B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Not only the reason why this memorial is there is sad, but also the poor way it's made. I think there should be something more appropriate, but in its own way its still atmospheric

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