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The Lakota Will Never Forget Wounded Knee 1890


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Tamme
- 4099 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
To the non-Indians of South Dakota and the rest of America, December 29, 1990 was another day. But to the Lakota people, December 29 was a day they commemorated every year since 1890. It was a day when nearly 300 of their relatives were shot to death in c



   

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Jaclin S (230)
Friday December 28, 2007, 9:58 pm
I have read the comments on the site re this story and one of them said what about the US Cavalry soldiers that got massacred at Little Big Horn - I say that the country was the Indians they were there
living their lives and minding their own business - along came the white man, the cavalry and proceeded to push their way on to the Indian's lands instigated most of the killings, rapes and other dreadful things and what - they expect no retaliation??? Then they commit the most heinous crime of all at Wounded Knee and same "ancient history" forget it!!! Trying to wipe out a whole nation - saying "the best Indian is a dead Indian" -
As I see it the Armies of the USA have always pushed their way into other people's countries and lives and proceeded to commit murder and mahem and it is still happening today. Do not blame the Indians for trying to defend their way of life their customs their families and lands. The white man is the usurper!!!
 

Kathleen R (983)
Saturday December 29, 2007, 1:24 pm
NO Americans should ever forget about Wounded Knee!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 29, 2007, 4:56 pm
I read those negative comments too on that blog Jaclin and it made me sick.
What you say is true ! How would the Europeons have felt if the roles were reversed and the Natives invaded their country and tried to kill them off so they could have the land ?
Anyone who has not read Bury My Heart Ay Wounded KNee should it might open their eyes or watch the movie Educating Little Tree and see what they did to indian children and metis (half breeds) They were told that once they entered the gates of the school they were never to speak their native language again ,they cut their hair deloused them put them in white mans clothes and most of them never saw their families again.
Yeah sure the Native people were the savages ,,that is a joke .
I hope the Lakota people do gain back their own land and part with this government that would be the best thing any Native could do.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 29, 2007, 4:59 pm
Thank you T.W and noted.
 

Rose Ewoldt (0)
Saturday December 29, 2007, 9:26 pm
This slaughter at Wounded Knee should of never happened! But it did so long ago. The pain still remains today for the Lakota nation. Our country and government needs to respect and never forget that horrendous event. Our government should step forward and make an honest apology for such a crime that the white man has put on the Lakota tribe so long ago. It was their native land and by rights should be again. Let's hope and pray that our government will now "Wipe Away The Tears" of the Lakota nation. Such a terrifying carnage. We should all remember "Wounded Knee" ! Every middle school/high school should have as an assignment/discussion about "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" also on a dvd. That's part of American History.
We need peace in America between all people regarless of race, color and religious beliefs. Even land rights.
 

Tamme W (7)
Sunday December 30, 2007, 5:03 am
If truth be known, the indians who live in the Dakota's, Minnesota are very hated, they have to deal with much prejudism... I know cause my life has been spent living here and witnessing it over & over again..
yet, go to other parts of our own country, there is greater respect & consideration for the Native Americans.. go outside the country to visit other countries, and they are very well respected, almost treated like royality.
but here in the midwest, indians are treated like crap, and when it comes to the Indian Child Welfare Act, let me tell you, they are nearly worthless in helping with the sioux people and their children.
I live here, I know and I'm appauled, enraged and I will fight for the Red Road until the day I breathe my last breath
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 30, 2007, 8:01 am
Well said T W
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 30, 2007, 9:16 am
Its not much different in Canada where most of the Native people live in poverty on these reservations and are dispised by the majority of Canadians and treaties are being broken by the government every day.
 

Cheryl Collins (3)
Sunday December 30, 2007, 11:31 am
I have been at Wounded Knee before going to Sundance nearby, and I can tell you it changed my life forever.
What this country has done to the Lakota peoples would be the first thing they would all holler about at the UN if it was any other country. Here, they think a statement of "gee we are sorry" takes care of it. And yet they ( Lakota warriors)still enlist to fight for this land at the first sign of danger, along with other tribal people. How can anyone with a brain insist that we make peace with other countries, when we are at war with indigneous peoples right here? Economically, the only way that they can make a living is with businesses on the res, such as gambling or some factory, and then if they do make a living at it, people hate them for that too. So sad, so sick, my heart will always be in the Black Hills.. May Great Spirit assist them to rise again..
 

Kim Szabo (53)
Sunday December 30, 2007, 12:40 pm
they want to live in peace in their own native way. is that too much to ask? just leave them alone. we always have out nose where it don't belong. it was their land first and their battle. god Bless
 

nurith k (93)
Sunday December 30, 2007, 6:52 pm
well in my opinion they shouldn't forget what happened there, there where innocent people murdered by murderers and that is a fact, and the murderers are still lying on the graveyard of heros in the us, so how heroic is it to kill innocent, harmless, defendless, woman, children and old people??? the whole story of the us is like that, always killing defendless people, that's it, and it is still like that. the white america stole and murdered all through its history the owners of america and that is a fact and it is still going on!! how can it be, that the native people are dying with 44 years, nowhere on this planet, people are dying so young, what is it, poluted water, poisened food, no health care??? america is the land of the native american people and no white man has a right for even one inch of it, especially as the white man, dishonest as he is, never kept just one single promise they made to the native americans, so it is just ok, if the native people ask for what is theirs!! i wonder what a rich white farmer or oilbaron say if they get invaded and all their land would be taken, their wifes and daughters raped and killed, their sons murdered and taken away and they would be left back alone, starving, no food, poisened water. how would the white americans like a treatment like that, that's what white america has done and is still doing for the last 500 years and no end in sight, can you imagine this????
 

nurith k (93)
Sunday December 30, 2007, 6:58 pm
oh i forgot to say: i am for the Native Americans and the only time i will ever put just one foot on turtle island is: when there will be a Native American President who will not be influenced by the white money lobby!!!! because then it will be worth visiting it, before that, what a waste of money!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 31, 2007, 12:59 pm
Ian my friend...sorry for coming so late to note..."nobody" should ever forget wounded knee.Thanks for reminding us
 

Keri f (0)
Monday December 31, 2007, 4:33 pm
i am a white woman if thats what i am to be decribed as, living in new zealand, far away frm th states, with maybe no right to comment, but i feel the need to say how i feel as i have read the book "bury my heart at wounded knee" that i read 6 yrs ago..my heart saddens so deeply 4 the wrongs th whites have done..i look around & see what we are expected to put up with all in the name of progress.. to see & hear of other people being treated in an inhumane way, being stripped of there culture, beliefs, spirit, & then told to 4get the past..why do "we" think we r superiour..i am ashamed of my race, sometimes i feel so lonly inside becos we as whiteys have no culture other than destroying everyone elses, no real beliefs only in a god that is constantly condemming everyone....i am one whitey that will never 4get what a cruel savage race we can be.. may the rise of the lakota nation stand tall & walk proud again...
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 2, 2008, 1:21 pm
I hate what had happen wounded knee it should of never happen. I also hate knowing that there were people like that. They could of learned so much from this tribe and others, that they were no different then us except that they were more family oriented then we are , they cared for the sick and the old, there was no rich or poor it was all. I have to say that the white man was the savage not the Lakota. May Great Spirit assist them to rise again. Be proud and walk tall.
 
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