The Battle of Wounded Knee occurred on December 29, 1890 on the Pine Ridge Reservation when U.S. Cavalry soldiers fired on and killed over 150 men, women, and children who had been participating in a ceremonial dance.
After the murder of Sitting Bull, remaining Native Americans assembling on the Pine Ridge Reservation to participate in the Ghost Dance, which was an ancient ceremony to erase all Whites from the Earth and bring the Buffalo back.
The massacre was a symbolic end to Native American Culture.
My daughters and I visited the National Monument and then started making the long trip back toward Yellowstone and eventually, Oregon. This also marks the end of our Native American Unit.
This was an incredible unit for myself and my daughters. Traveling to these locations, reading and discovering Indian culture really connected us to our American history and the land itself. We now turn about face... heading west, and home.