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Wounded Knee

Bury My Crude At Wounded Knee

Todd R. Miller | Posted 11.14.2016 | Impact
Todd R. Miller

On December 20, 1890, an editorial was published in South Dakota's Saturday Pioneer on the occasion of the death of Sitting Bull at the hands of Stand...

Stop Saying Standing Rock Is 'Just Like' Wounded Knee

Tim Giago | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
Tim Giago

In the past few weeks I have heard some of our young people say that the peaceful protests up on the Standing Rock Reservation that are attempting to stop the construction of the pipeline are just like the protests at Wounded Knee.

How Does One Set a Price on a Historic Site?

Tim Giago | Posted 04.10.2016 | Media
Tim Giago

When I decided to take on the task of buying the land at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota from the white landowner, James Czywczynski, I knew there would tongues wagging, heads nodding, and even some hints of hate.

More Lies and Damned Lies

Tim Giago | Posted 02.17.2017 | Media
Tim Giago

The British Statesman Benjamin Disraeli once said during a heated debate, "There are lies, damned lies, and then there are statistics." A recent blog against me may not have contained too many statistics, but what it lacked in statistics it made up with unabashed lies and damned lies.

Occupation, Arson, and Terrorism

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Federal land is currently being occupied by protestors. Or, according to some, by domestic terrorists. But pigeonholing these guys with either label isn't quite as easy as it might first seem.

How (Native) America's History of Protest Exposes a Sick Irony Behind the Oregon Occupation

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

The only reason why white ranchers have any land to run their cattle on today -- whether it is land that they hold a deed to, that they now defend against federal seizure, or public land that they currently use to feed their livestock -- was stolen from the American Indians.

The Editor Who Called for the Extermination of the Sioux

Tim Giago | Posted 12.21.2016 | Media
Tim Giago

No matter how you cut it, genocide is genocide. If you read the words as written by L. Frank Baum, and then read them again, his words are no different than those of Adolph Hitler when he called for the annihilation or extermination of the Jewish race.

Celebrate the Holiday: Pardon Peltier

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Michael Berkowitz

This holiday, it is time to come to terms with a more serious pardon. It's time to come to terms with one of our own indigenous people... It's time to pardon Leonard Peltier.

Could Lost Bird's Tragedy Inspire a Triumph for Native Americans?

Joan Gage | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Joan Gage

As an adult, Lost Bird saw one child die and gave away another because she couldn't raise him. She died of syphilis and the Spanish flu on Valentine's Day, 1920, aged 29, and was buried in a pauper's grave in California.

The Silent Epidemic

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
K.J. Wetherholt

A close friend from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home of over 40,000 Oglala Sioux, posted some devastating news on Facebook a few days ago.

'Lost Bird' Is Not Forgotten

Joan Gage | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Joan Gage

In her short life,"Lost Bird" suffered every kind of injury and abuse the White Man imposed on Native Americans. She died on Valentine's Day in 1920, aged 29, and was buried in a pauper's grave in California, but 71 years later, her people, the Lakota, found her grave and brought her remains back to Wounded Knee, the place where she was found as an infant beneath her mother's frozen body.

Lost Bird, Survivor of Wounded Knee, Betrayed by the White Man

Joan Gage | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Of all the stories I've uncovered while researching antique photographs in my collection, this one is the most heartbreaking. Starting with the Massacre at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890, "Lost Bird" suffered every kind of injury and abuse the White Man imposed on Native Americans.

1890 and 1973: Do We Really Know What Happened At Wounded Knee?

Mark Tilsen | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Mark Tilsen

My three children are Oglala Lakota. They grew up here on the Pine Ridge Reservation. If they hadn't, maybe they wouldn't have known about the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. That's because Wounded Knee, the most famous catastrophe in Native history, is rarely taught in U.S. schools.

I Left a Little of Me at Wounded Knee

Ana Garcia | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia

If the West was going to be won, the people needed stories of legends and victories whether they were true or not. I believe the truth is important. That's why I had to go to Wounded Knee.

Celebrating South Dakota's 125th Birthday -- Or Not

Tim Giago | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Tim Giago

If you were a Lakota, Dakota or Nakota, how would you feel about celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Statehood for South Dakota knowing that you had been excluded, discriminated against, murdered and had most of your land stolen from you by the State of South Dakota?

Enduring Wound: Celebrating the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Philippe Assouline | Posted 03.04.2014 | Home
Philippe Assouline

The American government had signed several treaties with the American Indians on the plains, promising them food, supplies and protection from furthers encroachment by white settlers. Prominent among these groups were the Lakota Indians.

The Moon of the Popping Trees

Tim Giago | Posted 02.14.2014 | Media
Tim Giago

On crystal clear nights when winter winds whistle through the hills and canyons around Wounded Knee Creek, the Lakota elders say it is so cold that you can hear the twigs snapping in the frigid air.

Obama, Mandela and Leonard Peltier

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

Barack Obama has taken his two daughters on a dramatic visit to the Robben Island cell once occupied by Nelson Mandela. Let's hope he takes them next to the one now occupied by Leonard Peltier.

Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.31.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything you need to know about this movie can be found in four little words: Pirates of the Caribbean. Everything that was wrong with that series of films is amplified in Lone Ranger.

South Dakota Public Radio flunks on two counts

Tim Giago | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

South Dakota Public Radio flunks on two counts Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota It is ironic that when e...

Friday Talking Points -- Most Disappointing Plan B

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A professional pundit was fired because he wrote an opinion piece that was factually inaccurate. Is that even a thing? "Journalists" can get fired for saying things which are false (things that five minutes of fact-checking would have proven laughably wrong), and for other stupid comments?

Holocaust Museum of the Indigenous People Should Be Built at Wounded Knee

Tim Giago | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

It would be prophetic if the Oglala Sioux Tribe would build a holocaust museum to educate and to remind the world of what happened to the indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere.

The Destruction of Wounded Knee, 1973

Tim Giago | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

In a couple of weeks flyers will be strewn across the Pine Ridge Reservation asking the residents to honor the "Liberation of Wounded Knee in February of 1973." Those who would celebrate and hand out flyers have a delusional recollection of the past.

'Wiping Away the Tears' at Wounded Knee

Tim Giago | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

In a nation where memories of tragedies fade so quickly, the slaughter of the innocents at Wounded Knee has never been forgotten.

Sweating a Little Blood in Indian Country

Tim Giago | Posted 01.24.2013 | Media
Tim Giago

A famous columnist once wrote, "It is easy to write a weekly column. All you have to do is sit in front of your typewriter until you sweat blood."