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Monday, April 16, 2007

The Deadliest Massacre in U.S. History

December 29th 1890-Miniconjou Chief Big Foot

Today was not the deadliest massacre in US history. Just off the top of my head here are two :

Sand Creek November 29, 1864

Colonel Chivington and his 800 troops of the First Colorado Cavalry, Third Colorado Cavalry and a company of First New Mexico Volunteers marched to their campsite in order to attack the Indians. On the morning of November 29, 1864, the army attacked the village and massacred most of its inhabitants. Chivington proclaimed before the attack "Kill and scalp all, big and little; nits make lice." Only 9 or 10 soldiers were killed and three dozen wounded. Between 150 and 184 Cheyennes were reported dead, and some were reportedly mutilated, and most were women, children, and elderly men. Chivington and his men later displayed scalp and other body parts, including human fetuses and genitalia in the Apollo Theater and saloons in Denver.

Wiki Page for Sand Creek

Wounded Knee December 29 1890

By the time it was over, 25 troopers and 300 Lakota Sioux lay dead, including men, women, and children.[2] Many of the dead are believed to have been the victims of "friendly fire" as the shooting took place at point blank range in chaotic conditions, and most of the Lakota had previously been unarmed.[3] Around 150 Lakota are believed to have fled the chaos, of which many likely died from exposure.

Wiki Page for Wounded Knee

You guys certainly don't have the monopoly on murdering your indigenous people. The early Australian settlers and British soldiers commited genocide on the Tasmanian Aborigines (approx 4500 deaths) and the mainland tribes didn't fare much better and still are struggling to cope after 200 years of occupation.

Amen Mur ...Amen

Very good point, this post.

How about the 650,000 Iraqi's we've killed in Der Fuehrer's War on Terra and still counting.

Yes, we are a savage breed, aren't we?

God Bless

"The last battle in the American Indian wars took place 113 years ago today, in 1890, at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. About 350 half starved Sioux gathered on the Pine Ridge Reservation for a Ghost Dance, a religious ceremony in which they believed their dead would rise and lead them to good hunting grounds.

When the Sioux refused to hand over their weapons to the 7th Cavalry, the troops opened fire. About 150 Sioux, half of them women and children, and 25 soldiers died in the battle."

With the knowledge that the butchery that occurred that day could not be, by any stretch of the imagination, classified as a battle, massacre is the proper term, I went to the Internet and asked some people if they could direct me to a well written, well documented, short overview of the incident, written by a First Nations person, to place on this Website as rebuttal.

Thanks to a friend, I now have such in hand. It's written By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji), Lakota Media Inc. (Originally published December 28, 2003). Also, I did get directed to a Website that has information that more than helps fill the bill. An excerpt from testimony given by a white woman, Doctor Sally Wagner, at Wounded Knee hearings follows Tim's report


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