Though unlike Apple Pie it’s a subject never brought up in “polite conversaion. Or any other sort of conversation for that matter.
“The Wounded Knee Massacre was committed on December 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek (Lakota: Čhaŋkpé Ópi Wakpála) on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. On the day before, a detachment of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside intercepted Spotted Elk’s band of Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte and escorted them 5 miles westward (8 km) to Wounded Knee Creek where they made camp.
The rest of the 7th Cavalry Regiment arrived led by Colonel James Forsyth and surrounded the encampment supported by four Hotchkiss guns.
On the morning of December 29, the troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle, claiming he had paid a lot for it. A scuffle over Black Coyote’s rifle escalated and a shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry’s opening fire indiscriminately from all sides, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their own fellow troopers. Those few Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking troopers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but U.S. cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed.
By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota Sioux had been killed and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300. Twenty-five troopers also died, and 39 were wounded (6 of the wounded would later die).It is believed that many were the victims of friendly fire, as the shooting took place at close range in chaotic conditions. At least twenty troopers were awarded the coveted Medal of Honor
The site has been designated a National Historic Landmark.”
Murdering “at least 150 men, women, and children” certainly calls for a landmark. But America is far less interested in that than it is in repression of its crimes.
Please note “a man you must fear and respect”
that’s because he’s
“a rare kind of course. . .never thinking of himself as martyred” working at the behest of “people who dared to challenge a hostile line.”
Stealing other people’s land is of course quite daring — especilly when you slaughter them in order to do so. But the slaughtrer Ford shows is of that of the whites, killed by native Americans trying desperately to defend themselves.
“What do you want me to do? Draw you a picture?” is of course the “polite” way of saying that a white woman was raped. This is also why Wayne tells Jeffrey Hunter to “stand back.” . Hewas searching for Nataliie Wood in order to kill her because she had had sexual reations with a non-white. At the very last minuite he changes his mind and lets her live.
Shutting the door on the whole thing.
Very sentimental, no?
In any event it’s something well worth thinking about on the Fourth of July. Right kids?