There were anywhere from 120 to over 300 unarmed Lakota Sioux making their way to Pine Ridge to purchase supplies to continue to preserve them through the winter. They proceeded from the Cheyenne River reservation towards Pine Ridge and were intercepted by US Army Calvary at Wounded Knee. The US Army Calvary detained them overnight and during that night, the US Army Calvary Soldiers proceeded to get drunk and loud. Early the next morning the Calvary disarmed all of the warriors of the band. While the weapons were being stored, one of them went off. The US Army Calvary opened fire on the now disarmed men, women and children with Hotchkiss machine guns. The defenseless people ran screaming in all directions as many of them continued to be mowed down by the relentless machine gun fire. The band of First Nation Sioux were devastated by such a massacre. Now, the United States of America wants to add insult to this horror by allowing a private individual to sell a 40 acre plot right in the heart of the Wounded Knee reservation and sacred site. This needs to change. The United States of America took the lands that rightfully belonged to all the First Nation Sioux and repeatedly violated the treaties it signed with the First Nation Sioux. This last humiliation and desecration of a site sacred to the First Nation Sioux must not stand. The United States of America must make a least a small step towards reunifying the reservation and declaring it a national monument.
- President Obama Sen. Harry Reid House Spker. John Boehner
Purchase 40 ac. at The Wounded Knee, SD threatened by A Greedy Speculator. The Wounded Knee site is a sacred site to the First Nation Sioux. The reservation had pieces cut out of it in a pointless attempt by the US Government to force the First Nations to understand the concept of individual ownership of land. First Nations people had and still do consider the land that the Nation occupies as a communal property with no one haveing a greater or lesser claim to the property than any other member of the Nation. Nevertheless, the European invaders who stole huge sections of land from all of the First Nations fruitlessly attempted to force the concept of individual ownership rights of property, as well as many other impositions of European practices and religions upon the First Nations in an attempt to "civilize" them. This practice lead to repeated violations of treaties with the First Nations, resulting in the present debacle of a speculator trying to sell a sacred site back to the Sioux for $3.9 million, a figure that is grossly overstated for property in the area and that the First Nation Sioux cannot possibly acquire by May i, the deadline set by this greedy speculator for an auction of the land. The Sioux are horrified that this sacred site, where so many of their brothers and sisters and children were slaughtered will be taken from them by speculators holding the land hostage for further demeaning of the First Nation Sioux.
This site should be acquired by the US Government as a tiny down-payment on the reparations owed to the First Nation Sioux. This site and all the rest of the land cut away from the Wounded Knee reservation should be acquired and declared a National Monument. Surely the First Nations and their suffering at the hands of the US Government are worthy of the same acknowledgement as Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
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