December, 1890–a bad month and year for Lakota

23 Dec

In December 1890, two tragic, bloody events happened to Lakotas in, ironically, the place by then called the Dakotas.

The first event was Dec. 15. Early in the morning, the arrest of Hunkpapa Lakota Chief Sitting Bull by Indian police led to a shoot-out in which the chief and others were killed. Christina Rose at Indian  Country Today concisely recounts the event here:

Native History: Sitting Bull Shot By Indian Police, His Legacy Remains – ICTMN.com.

The second event was Dec. 29. That day, over 200 Ghost Dancers led by Miniconjou Lakota Big Foot/Spotted Elk were gunned down by the U.S. 7th Cavalry at  Wounded Knee. On Dec. 30, a blizzard froze the dead and wounded, leading to some agonizing photos of the dead a few days later when the weather allowed burial details and others to reach the site. The Library of  Congress holds what are arguably the two most famous photos, here and here.

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