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The Wounded Knee Museum

Wall, South Dakota, United States

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

About The Wounded Knee Museum

The Wounded Knee Museum in South Dakota tells the story of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

The Wounded Knee Massacre was a significant event in the then longstanding dispute between the US government and the Native Americans. At that time, government policy was to confine Native Americans to reservations, which led to a period known as the American-Indian Wars. The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last battle of this conflict.

On 29 December 1890, the US 7th Cavalry came to disarm the Lakota Native Americans. However, after an initial shot was fired, the cavalry started shooting chaotically, leading to the deaths of up to 300 men, women and children of the Lakotas as well as several US troops.

The Wounded Knee Museum uses a series of photographs and artefacts to explore the events of the massacre and its aftermath. It also offers a tour map of the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

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