History Research Paper on Battle at Wounded Knee

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“To own the Earth, There is no word for this in the Sioux Language.” The Battle of Wounded Knee was the last battle of the American Indian Wars it was also one of the most gruesome battles that either side had seen. An estimated three hundred Indians lay dead while the US army had lost twenty five and thirty nine were wounded some of who would die later. This was one of the worst acts that the Americans have ever done to the Native Americans. One Native American stated later “it was as if the soldiers were crazed by the sight of blood and had appeared wild eyed as they shot again and again into some of the bodies.” Many Native Americans still hold grudges to this day over what happened to their ancestors on that sacred piece of land this…show more content…
Sitting Bull was born sometime between 1831 and 1837 there is not an accurate record of his birth he was killed on the fifteenth of December 1890. Sitting Bull became the Leader of the Sioux tribe in his mid twenties. Sitting Bull had been living on the Standing Rock reservation in the Dakota Territory since 1883. In the fall of 1890 General Nelson A. Miles caught wind of Sitting Bull taking an interest in the Ghost Dance Religion. He wanted Sitting Bull arrested immediately so just before daylight on the fifteenth of December 1890 the Indian Police surrounded Sitting Bulls cabin. One of Sitting Bulls followers fired a shot at the Indian police when this happened the officer returned fire at the man who fired the first shot then he fired a bullet that struck Sitting Bull in the head. The man who said his bullet was the one that killed the chief was a sergeant of the Indian Police at Standing Rock named Red Tomahawk. Before his death Sitting Bull stated “I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle.” Just two weeks after the death of the Lakota leader Sitting Bull, US troops would surround more than three hundred Sioux Indians and there leader Big Foot there was no escape. Colonel James W. Forsyth and his troops took up positions on the ridges around the Indians camp he then told the Indians that the US was their friend but he wanted them to turn over their

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