This month marks 125 years since the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek. Estimates put the number of men, women and children killed at nearly 300. The U.S. government awarded 20 Medals of Honor to soldiers who participated in the massacre. For 25 years the Chief Bigfoot Band Memorial Ride retraces Chief Bigfoot’s steps, ending at the Wounded Knee massacre site. This year the ride will include a ceremony to end all massacres. Did you learn about the Wounded Knee massacre in your history class? How can communities heal such trauma from the past?
Leonard Little Finger (Mnikȟówožu and Oglála Lakota) – a descendant of survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre
Basil Brave Heart (Oglala Lakota) – Oglala Lakota elder, member of the Grey Eagle Society and the Red Feather Society
Break Music: Encouragement Pipe Song (song) Joseph Shields, Jr. (artist) Wahancanka [Remember Me Grandfather] (album)