Bury my heart at Wounded Knee

Our government attempted to confiscate all the guns from the Lakota Indians near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota on December 29, 1890. After many had peacefully handed over their rifles, Black Coyote was reluctant to hand his over as he was both deaf and had paid a lot for it. This touched off the deadliest massacre in American history. Estimates of 300 men women and children were left dead. The Lakota Chief reported that after the gunfire died, word was spread to come out and you would be safe. Many young boys that were hiding came out only to me massacred by the troops.

Brothers, (left to right) White Lance, Joseph Horn Cloud, and Dewey Beard, Wounded Knee survivors; Miniconjou Lakota

“A peoples dream died there. It was a beautiful dream. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead.” Black Elk, medicine man, Oglala Lakota