Lost Bird of Wounded Knee - A Lakota child survived the Wounded Knee massacre (29-12-1890) and was adopted by a prominent white couple... only to endure a life of racism, abuse and poverty. Her poignant story is told in "Lost Bird of Wounded Knee".
Massacre At Wounded Knee. Because of fear and white misunderstanding of the Ghost Dance, Spotted Elk's band of about 300 Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte were detained and escorted five miles westward to Wounded Knee Creek, where they made camp. On the morning of December 29, 1890, 500 U.S. troops were sent into the camp to disarm the Lakota. An accidental shot set off the massacre.
Chief Bigfoot lies dead in the snow where he fell after the massacre at Wounded Knee. A severe snow storm hit shortly after the firing stopped. Three days passed before anyone went back to remove and bury the dead. All the bodies were frozen. Chief Bigfoot still held his rifle in this pose. It was removed just prior to the photo.
Dead Indians are frozen in the ice the morning after the Battle of Wounded Knee, 1890. The Wounded Knee massacre remains very much in the hearts and minds of Lakotas, with many annual remembrance ceremonies and pilgrimages to the site. The Wounded Knee massacre marked the symbolic end of large-scale Native American armed resistance in the United States.
Wounded Knee Massacre, 1890. The 7th Cavalry Regiment lead by Colonel James Forsyth surrounded men, women, and children as they performed their Ghost Dance. A scuffle started and 300 children, women, and men were murdered by the US Army in cold blood. At least twenty US troopers were awarded the coveted Medal of Honor for the massacre of innocent Lacota Sioux.
Dec. 29, 1890 Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, it was the site of two conflicts between North American Indians and representatives of the U.S. government.An 1890 massacre left 150 native Americans dead. This was the final clash between federal troops and the Sioux. In 1973,members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee for 71 days to protest conditions on the reservation. A sad history.
Chief Dewey Beard or Wasu Maza ('Iron Hail', 1858-1955) was Minneconjou Lakota, fought in Battle of Little Big Horn as teenager. After George Armstrong Custer's defeat, Wasu Maza followed Sitting Bull into exile in Canada, then back to So Dakota, where he lived on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. When he died in 1955, at age of 96, Dewey Beard was last known Lakota survivor of Battle of Little Big Horn, & last know survivor of Wounded Knee Massacre.
Survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre. [left to right] Brothers White Lance, Joseph Horn Cloud, and Dewey Beard . Joseph Horn Cloud was about sixteen years old when he witnessed the Wounded Knee massacre on December 29, 1890, two other brothers, Frank Horn Cloud and Earnest Horn Cloud also survived, his parents, two brothers, and a sister were killed.