It was On This Day in 1890 that the US Army slaughtered over 100 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in
. Tensions had been high for some time at the
Pine Ridge Reservation. The South
had been gathering up Native Americans throughout the Plains and relocating
them to reservations, robbing them of their land. US
Colonel James Forsyth led the 7th
Calvary in the massacre. Forsyth’s men surrounded Sioux
Chief Big Foot and his followers and were in the process of stripping them of
their weapons. A fight broke out. A shot was fired. The Sioux had no weapons. They were soon gunned down and slaughtered.
In the end, the 7th
had murdered 146 Native Americans and left another 51 wounded. Of the 146 dead,
44 were women and 18 were just children. The Army lost 25 and suffered 39
The following day the headline of The Topeka State Journal, in
, screamed “Bloodshed.” Subheadlines
read “Redskins Treacherously Fire on Col. Forsythe’s Command,” and “Three
Hundred Indians Sent to Their Death,” among others. Written clearly with a
slant against the Native Americans, the Topeka State Journal went on to
announce that while the soldiers were disarming Big Foot and his men, who
surrendered according to the report, a fight occurred resulting in about 300
Indians being killed and several soldiers, including Captain Wallace. Topeka, Kansas
While Big Foot and his men are not named specifically, the Topeka State Journal lists the killed and wounded soldiers.
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015