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Wounded Knee

The Silent Epidemic

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 03.21.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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?

Wounded Knee Activist Dies At 72

AP | KRISTI EATON | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Carter Camp, a longtime activist with the American Indian Movement who was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dak...

Enduring Wound: Celebrating the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Philippe Assouline | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
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."

The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart | Posted 12.25.2012 | Style
Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart

A T-shirt is just a T-shirt, right? What about a T-shirt that invokes the bloody policy of discrimination and oppression of your community? For American Indians like me, Gap's T-shirt is particularly offensive. The issue stung more because Gap was my first employer.

American Indian Activist Dies

AP | DIRK LAMMERS and KRISTI EATON | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Russell Means spent a lifetime as a modern American Indian warrior. He railed against broken treaties, fought for the return...

Fight for Lakota's Sacred Pe' Sla Brings Miracles

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

An amazing idea took hold in the last few weeks. People from around the world decided that they could do something to right a terrible wrong that has existed for hundreds of years here in the United States.

Widow Of Civil Rights Activist Wants Him Home

AP | DIRK LAMMERS | Posted 06.27.2012 | Black Voices

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — When civil rights activist Ray Robinson arrived at Wounded Knee in April 1973 to stand alongside Native Americans in their f...

Native And Rural Communities Face Devastating Post Office Closures

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

While winter has spared remote areas of Minnesota this year, proposed budget cuts will slam the North Country if the U.S. Post Office abandons its location in Ponsford.

'60s Memoir Troublemaker Speaks to Us Now

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.17.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

My sense that there's an inverse relationship between the draft and war -- more of the former produces less of the latter.

The Moon of the Popping Trees

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

The Lakota people say that only 50 people out of the original 350 followers of Sitanka (Big Foot) survived the massacre.