This Day in History

Dec. 29, 1890: Wounded Knee Massacre

Time Periods: 1877
Themes: Native American

wounded_knee_artworkOn Dec. 29, 1890, a Lakota encampment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was attacked by the U.S. Army and close to 300 Native Americans were murdered near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota.

Beginning on Feb. 27, 1973, 83 years later, Wounded Knee was the site of a 71-day standoff between the American Indian Movement and federal law enforcement officials.

The “We Remember” poster is by Bruce Carter and archived at the Library of Congress.

Episode 5 from the excellent documentary We Shall Remain includes Wounded Knee history.

Listen to the song “Wounded Knee” by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R. J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore studio musicians. Watch a video of the song below.

Below are resources on Native American history and contemporary issues for teaching outside the textbook.