On this day, Dec. 29, 1890, 300 Lakota men, women, and children were massacred by U.S. troops of the 7th Cavalry. They were surrounded in their village and mowed down by gunfire.
As detailed in a commission done a year after the killings took place, no one was spared.
“There was a woman with an infant in her arms who was killed as she almost touched the flag of truce, and the women and children of course were strewn all along the circular village until they were dispatched. Right near the flag of truce a mother was shot down with her infant; the child not knowing that its mother was dead was still nursing, and that especially was a very sad sight. The women as they were fleeing with their babes were killed together, shot right through, and the women who were very heavy with child were also killed. All the Indians fled in these three directions, and after most all of them had been killed a cry was made that all those who were not killed wounded should come forth and they would be safe. Little boys who were not wounded came out of their places of refuge, and as soon as they came in sight a number of soldiers surrounded them and butchered them there.”
What happened in Wounded Knee, South Dakota was the final stages of European domination of formerly Indian land.
When people say, men like Trump, are anti-American, and their brand of fascism should be compared to Hitler and Mussolini, it’s short-sighted. We should not compare our demagogues to those beyond our shores, for the U.S., time and time again in how its laws and colonialism treated the native peoples prove that fascism, white supremacy, and terrorism are very much the American way.
To learn more, I suggest checking out the Wounded Knee Museum, and also, http://www.history.com/…/remembering-the-wounded-knee-massa…, which is a link to the History page about what took place. Further, to read about the commission, you can click here:https://www.pbs.org/…/thewest/r…/archives/eight/wklakota.htm.