Why Wounded Knee still resonates

WolfburypicThe Memorial Day weekend timing of the premiere of HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” is entirely appropriate. The massacre of about 300 members of the Lakota Sioux tribe at a camp near the banks of Wounded Knee creek in South Dakota occurred on Dec. 29, 1890. Memorial Day is, of course, the federal holiday designated to honor the memory of our nation’s war dead. The men, women and children killed at Wounded Knee that day inhabited their own sovereign nation, but they are most definitely “our” war dead. They were slaughtered by U.S. Army soldiers, without direct provocation and without much in the way to defend themselves. They are war victims that we as a nation should never forget.

pictured above, “Wounded Knee” producer Dick Wolf, left, and actor August Schellenberg, who plays Sitting Bull.

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  1. Thanks for you sharing articles. I like your articles. In my leisure time, reading is a good method to kill my time. Enjoy your life! Thanks.

  2. dcluv says:

    bury my heart is a great story, and one that needed to be told. hopefully this can open up to the issues of the american indian becoming more of a reality and can lead to the respect they deserve

  3. Max & Daisy says:

    Max loves Daisy!
    Daisy loves Max!
    We love Native Americans!!!!!!!!

  4. Max and Daisy says:

    okay whoever it was that wrote that long paragraph about history and its importence is a dork cause no one cares the person who commented hi probly just wanted his/her frends to see so suck it up and be cool dude it is just a word ok thats all we have to say

  5. Jack says:

    Who is the idiot that posted “hi?” That is disrespectful. This is a serious subject that should NOT be ignored so to simply leave a stupid comment like that. I am utterly apalled that someone would not care about such important history that made a major impact on the Native Americans, especially those of the Lakota Sioux. What peanut brain Dora-head would be so ignorant as to post the comment “hi?” people just DO NOT respect history and its importance and greatness.

  6. concerned citizen says:

    They are a tribal sovereignty, so let them have their own day and they can observe it on the reservation. We do not have to observe it in anyway. South Dakota, already calls Columbus Day, Native American Day but I myself call it Columbus Day and have the right of a Native American (Native Americans in the United States, natives of the United States only).

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