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“Sacred ground at Wounded Knee.....”

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Owner description: A small monument to the natives killed in the Wounded Knee massacre.
Reviewed October 4, 2017

I really wasn't certain what to expect but had looked forward to visiting Wounded Knee on Pine Ridge Reservation for over two years. What I found was more than just a board with information, a large field and a cemetery with a 2-pillars entrance --, it was sacred Lakota ground which was open to the public so that we might have a better understanding of the magnitude of events that led up to the massacre, the massacre itself and the mass grave of courageous Native Americans. Although I had read about and researched "Wounded Knee" somewhat, it was still an emotional experience just to be there.

I give thanks to a lovely and very knowledgeable Lakota woman and her family for sharing information about the Lakota as well as other site history which I would not have known otherwise. I purchased a beautiful dream-catcher, necklace and earrings from her which are, and will remain, significant reminders of my visit.

After leaving the massacre site and headed up the hill to the cemetery, I was approached by a young man selling small dream-catchers, but explained to him I had already purchased items from the family across the road. He was very respectful, said "thank you" and returned to his vehicle.

For those planning a visit, doing a bit of research might prove to be beneficial. The enormous tragedy that took place at Wounded and the sacred resting place of hundreds of Lakota men, women and children, certainly deserves the respect and acknowledgement of what took place almost 127 years ago.

12  Thank calimel10
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

This is one of the most historical places in the United States. In revenge for defeating Custer on the field of battle, with honor, at the Little Big Horn, the 7th Calvary surrounded a poor wintering village of Lakota people, old people, woman, children, men. Then, with cannons and guns, they shot every living being living there. They even included the dogs in the death count. The US Army calls it a battle, it was not, it was genocide.

Again, around 1980 the community had a protest at Wounded Knee, occupying a trading post in the town. AIM activists came in, there were gun battles, FBI agents got killed.

It set off social upheaval on the entire Pine Ridge Reservation, for more than a decade Fall River County, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, led this nation in homicides, all the result of this event. Right wing Lakota people fighting left winged Lakota.

So so very sad.

Every year they have a distance race at Wounded Knee. I first ran it in 1980, when I coached cross country at a school on the reservation. I try to return every few years, being in my 60s and still able to fit into the running shirt I got running 10 miles in 105-degree heat.

Running is actually part of the Lakota religion. They did it for strength, purity and to seek visions.

17  Thank Low_Hertz
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

The story on the sign, while brief, adequately explains the horror of the day. Women and children massacred by the Army. Sad.

3  Thank John G K
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Although this is just south of the White River visitor center in the south side of Badlands National Park, it's very under visited. Someone stationed there for Q&A said they get about fifteen people a day. I really think it's a must-see in connection with the nearby Oregon Trail sights as the pioneers' exploration led, in part, to what happened at Wounded Knee. The parking area has some useful background before walking up the hill to the memorial itself. The museum was closed when I visited.

5  Thank Carianne C
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Reviewed September 5, 2017

The cemetery contains the graves of many Native Americans and a monument about the massacre in 1890. I found it atmospheric, poignant and overwhelmingly sad. Makes you ashamed to be "the white man". At the car park we met and spoke to Valerie Brown Eyes who makes beautiful jewellery and traditional craft work. We had a very interesting conversation about the Lakota people and the challenges faced by them. As with many aboriginal peoples, the white man destroyed their culture and way of life and the vacuum has been filled with alcohol and drugs. So when visitors to the site criticise the Native Americans for trying to sell items and asking for money, perhaps these visitors should reflect on the causes.

12  Thank Joan F
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