The Photo of Chief Big Foot Frozen in the Snow is Embedded in My Mind

Big Foot left frozen at Wounded Knee in 1890.

Big Foot left frozen at Wounded Knee in 1890.

Today is the 124th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 where some 300 Lakota men, women and children were killed by the Calvary Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

It was bad enough that Lakota warriors were killed, but history records that half as many women and children were also savagely killed that day.

The Lakota who survived have left testimony for history to judge of what happened on this date in history. They tell us that innocent died by Hollister rapid fire weapons. They tell they were outnumbered.

In a sense, Wounded Knee is a representation for all American Indians of what happened to our ancestors in our history.

The photo of Chief Big Foot frozen dead in the snow is embedded in my mind of the gross inhumane way American Indians were treated by the U.S. government.

History tells us the dead were left there for two to five days in the brutal frigid wintry plains of South Dakota before a burial party came.

Our Jewish friends purposely have a saying “Lest we forget” so that the world acknowledges they will never ever endure another Holocaust.

Perhaps, the Big Foot’s photo allows for American Indians’ “Lest we forget” symbol.

American Indians will not—and cannot—forget what happened at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890.


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