Sunday Extra: Wounded Knee can't be forgotten

Sunday Extra: Wounded Knee can't be forgotten


Some media reports had said that the recent Las Vegas mass slaughter was "the worst massacre in U.S. history." As horrific and intolerable as it was, that is not true. Some outlets have qualified that by listing it as "the worst in modern history." I guess it's a matter of what you call modern history and whether you forget the Wounded Knee massacre of Native Americans on Dec. 29, 1890, when 297 Sioux Indians were slaughtered at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. And it wasn't some deranged psychopath who pulled the trigger back then. It was federal agents and members of the 7th Calvary who had come to confiscate firearms from the Sioux "for their own safety and protection."

I've been to Wounded Knee and was familiar with the massacre, but it was a shared post on my daughter's (who lives in Montana) Facebook, that reminded me of the bloodbath. Most of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms when the calvary began shooting and wiped out most of the entire camp — 200 of the 297 victims were women and children—and we continued our relentless march to steal the country from the people who had lived here for thousands of years.

Rather that remember that horrific massacre and hundreds of others as we brought "civilization" to this country, some of today's politically correct do things to honor the Native American Heritage like getting the powers that be to eliminate Chief Illiniwek at the University of Illinois so they can be forgotten and relegated to the same loss of memory as the horrendous massacre at Wounded Knee. Out of sight, out of mind. But what else can we do? Ironically, the graveyard on the hill above the site of the massacre has a number of military veterans who fought and died for the freedom we now enjoy.

Ray Elliott is an author and a former high school teacher who lives in rural Urbana. His email address is

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Glock21 wrote on October 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

So one of the massacres that almost everybody remembers from school is what you believe is being whitewashed from our history because no sane person equates the rise of lone wolf shooters from children to terrorists that has emerged in recent generations with a government waged campaign of ethnic cleansing a century before.

And your solution to help them remember is a white kid doing a white "injun" dance and white "injun" music to help white people remember their white "injun" heritage.

And you were an educator?

God help us if those children are our future. No wonder we have white nationalists winning elections to thunderous jingoist applause and silent complicity of a major party to scared too speak out unless they're retiring.