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Ruth H. Hopkins @RuthHHopkins
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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.
Chief Spotted Elk has no intention of fighting at Wounded Knee. He was the son of One Horn, a great warrior, intelligent, quite skilled and a highly renowned Lakota leader, but at the time he was very ill with pneumonia. #WoundedKneeMassacre
After the #WoundedKneeMassacre, they were still recovering the remains of Lakota for days. The 7th cavalry had chased these unarmed women and children for miles, who were running for their lives in the freezing cold- just to murder them.
After the #WoundedKneeMassacre those slaughtered were heartlessly discarded in a mass grave, where the 7th cavalry proudly took pictures with the corpses. The 7th cavalry was awarded Medals of Honor for the massacre. Those medals have never been rescinded.
*Lone* Horn (typo)
There are pictures of the dead from the #WoundedKneeMassacre as well as the mass grave, and I understand why people share them; but I cannot. Seeing the remains of a great Lakota man like Chief Spotted Elk (nicknamed Bigfoot) so callously displayed hurts my heart. This is him.
It should be noted that there were survivors of the #WoundedKneeMassacre who escaped. Women and children who ran with bullet wounds. We are still here. ❤️
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