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126 Years On

September 8, 2020

Now 130 years on…


December 29, 1890: Wounded Knee Creek (Lakota: Čhaŋkpé Ópi Wakpála), Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. To paraphrase FDR: “A date that will live in infamy!”

Many if not most are familiar with the Wounded Knee Massacre. We are familiar, if not by historical reference, then by the book and movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. It was certainly not America’s proudest moment. It was one in a long line of our country’s disgraces suffered by Native Americans. However, 126 years on, what has America learned? Do we treat Native Americans any better? The short answer in most every case is a resounding no. I am not going to the Standing Rock Pipeline argument here; suffice it to say, both sides have valid points. Rather, I want to look at the Wounded Knee Massacre as an example of American ethnic cleansing. Here’s a short version of what happened:

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