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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.
Recently after witnessing the failure of the Lone Ranger movie due in part,I believe, to racism and America's(Canada) unwillingness to confront the genocide of a whole race of people and the railroad robber barons who had a big part in carrying it out,I felt that I could no longer be silent about my beliefs.
This picture of the Miniconjou Sioux band was taken near the site of the Wounded Knee massacre one month before the December 1890 massacre where hundreds of Indians were killed. (Photographer unknown / No date / Original)
December 29, 1990. Photographer James Cook's beautiful image of the ride to the site of the Wounded Knee massacre to commemorate the centennial.
Little, Oglala band leader, 12/28/1890, photographed prior to the Wounded Knee Massacre on 12/29/1890