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Monday, December 29, 2008

118th Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre

For once, the little widgets from The Free Dictionary have come up with two Fortean listings. This one is obviously the more important of the two, in human terms; the anniversary of the 7th Cavalry's inhuman slaughter of men, women and little kids alike at Wounded Knee... the dead... hundreds of Lakota Sioux, brave, brave people indeed... people who have survived despite the Government's wishes all these years... and the only people in America with the balls to tell said Government to shove it right up in there and secede from the USA. I like the Lakota. Seriously. So how exactly is this Fortean? Well... it is only in the leader who succeeded Sitting Bull... a man named... Big Foot. Beautiful, isn't it?

This Day in History
Wounded Knee Massacre (1890)
The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last major armed conflict between the Lakota Sioux and the US. After the death of Sitting Bull, a band of Sioux, led by Big Foot, fled south, but was captured by the 7th Cavalry on December 28, 1890. The next day, the Sioux were ordered disarmed. During the tension that ensued, a weapon discharged, US troops opened fire, and within minutes almost 200 men, women, and children were dead. This conflict is believed to be responsible for the decline of what movement? More at Free Dictionary...

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