Wounded Knee Massacre
The Wounded Knee Massacre (1890) was the mass murder of roughly 300 Lakota Indians by federal troops. It was one of the most tragic episodes in the history of U.S.-Native American relations. The event, as well as the site of the massacre, continue to symbolize the prejudices faced by Native Americans throughout the centuries.
The Wounded Knee Massacre took place in the context of a broader campaign of oppression and racial violence against Native Americans, sometimes called the American Indian Wars (1609–1924). By the late 19th century, the U.S. government had reneged on treaties and seized most territory originally inhabited by First Nations, including Lakota land holdings. And the Lakota Indians, many of whom were, by this time, challenged by...Read more