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On December 29, 1890, Miniconjou Chief Spotted Elk, and about 300 additional Lakota, were ruthlessly slaughtered at Wounded Knee by the 7th cavalry. Many were women and children. #WoundedKneeMassacre
Chief Spotted Elk and his people were on their way to Pine Ridge. They had been invited there by Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala. The #WoundedKneeMassacre occurred just 14 days after the assassination of Sitting Bull.
Before the #WoundedKneeMassacre, the 7th cavalry had positioned four hotchkiss cannons around where they had forced Chief Spotted Elk and his people to camp.
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The Christmas season is a happy time for many. But for a Oceti Sakowin (the Great Sioux Nation) it holds painful memories. Sitting Bull was assassinated on Dec 15. The #Dakota38 were hanged Dec 26 in the largest execution in US history & the #WoundedKneeMassacre was Dec 29.
November isn’t any better. The #WashitaMassacre was on Nov 27 and the #SandCreekMassacre was Nov 29 & we will never forget the brutality that took place on Backwater Bridge just a few days before Thanksgiving. Our slaughter is tied to colonial holidays.
Lest we forget Columbus Day, a day set aside to honor a genocidal murderer who lopped off Indigenous limbs & gave Indigenous little girls to his men to be used as sex slaves.🙄
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People often ask why we Oceti Sakowin do these rides & runs. If you’ve never heard of the #Dakota38 or Chief Spotted Elk & his people slaughtered during the #WoundedKneeMassacre, 1 answer is obvious. We do it to preserve our history; to pass these truths on to future generations.
We do these rides & runs to commemorate what happened to us as a people; to honor our ancestors who were unjustly murdered, and to grieve what was lost, but also to heal and to show our children and the world that we are still here, and celebrate our survival.
The #Dakota38 Memorial Ride and the Chief Bigfoot Ride for those killed at the #WoundedKneeMassacre are highly spiritual. The people who started them were spiritually inspired to do so, they were visionaries.
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