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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.
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)
Survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Brothers White Lance, Joseph Horn Cloud, and Dewey Beard [left to right]. 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. (Photographer unknown, no date) (Photoshopped)