Dec. 29, 1890: Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre

Dec. 29, 1890: Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre (This Day in History) - We Remember poster by Bruce Carter | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryOn Dec. 29, 1890, a Lakota encampment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was attacked by the U.S. Army and close to 300 Native Americans were murdered near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. Read more about the massacre at the Last of the Independents website.

Beginning on Feb. 27, 1973, 83 years later, Wounded Knee was the site of a 71-day standoff between the American Indian Movement and federal law enforcement officials. Watch Episode 5 from the film We Shall Remain on Wounded Knee history.

Here are resources on Native American history and contemporary issues for teaching outside the textbook.

We Remember” poster by Bruce Carter.



“Wounded Knee” — Episode 5 of We Shall Remain


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There are 5 comments by other visitors:

  • I am an adult educator in Tempe,AZ, where I have mainly Native American Indian students from several tribes. I see many hardships in their lives today. I want to learn more so I can be a more informed instructor.

    Response shared by Leona Urschel — December 30, 2014 @ 10:44 am

  • Ward Churchill & Jim Vander Wall / Agents of Repression, ca. ’92. Valuable account & reference on FBI role vs. Panthers, AIM, Azatlan.

    Response shared by Ted Bagg — January 3, 2015 @ 11:41 pm

  • There is the classic Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. There is also a version of that book written for youth.

    And of course there are several selections from Zinn’s “People’s History of the US” and the illustrated “People’s History of the American Empire”.

    The movie “Reel Injun” is EXCELLENT!!!!

    The American Experience show produced a series called “We Shall Remain”.

    The book “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James Loewen has many sections on Indigenous Americans.

    Response shared by Brian O'Connell — February 16, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

  • I know about the massacre because I read a book about the history of a Dakota tribe as a kid. It was by a Polish writer Szklarski and I doubt it has ever been translated into English which is really a shame. It made a great impression on me that lasts until this day.

    Response shared by B — December 29, 2015 @ 10:29 am

  • oyate nimkte wacin yelo May the Sacred Hoop heal

    Response shared by Merton Reynolds — December 30, 2015 @ 9:37 am

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