Lakota Indian Genocide Essay

1204 Words Apr 1st, 2013 5 Pages
Zack Siemsen
Merri Ferles
HIS 202
02-12-13
Native American Genocide
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide states that according to Article 2. “Genocide, deems any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Such as killing members of a group, causing serious bodily or mental harm, inflicting the group member lives to cause destruction, imposing measures intended to prevent birth, and forcibly transferring children of a particular group. Based off these criteria of genocide I believe the acts upon the Lakota Sioux Indians highlighting the instance of the Battle of Wounded Knee and Indian Boarding Schools are acts of genocide. The
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Miles knew only that Big Foot was on his way to the Stronghold, and it was up to his army to prevent him from joining Short Bull. Yet Miles was unaware that the Stronghold part was soon to surrender. Robert Bateman claims in “Wounded Knee: Who Spoke the Truth”, that American soldiers, troopers of the 7th Cavalry and their officers, went too far on the morning of December 29, 1890. Fueled by fear, possibly enraged by perceived perfidy, they shot without discretion, killed without concern and left a lasting stain on the honor of the regiment.” Whether who shot first is not relevant, the very fact that the 7th Cavalry was locating and capturing Lakota leaders, confiscating weapons, and massacring their people, is enough to justify genocide. The first criteria for genocide is met when both Sitting Bull and the massacre at Wounded Knee happen-killing members of a group. Also again both cases can account for the second criteria of genocide-causing serious bodily harm to a member of the group. I see the confiscating of weapons as justifying the third criteria of, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring physical destruction in whole or in part. The United States feared the Lakota Indians and saw them as a threat, so disarming them would only make them easy to control or not revolute. Flying Hawk’s recollection of Wounded Knee from “Accounts of the Wounded Knee