Land and Site Status

Historical Summary

Buried in the mass grave site are our ancestors and relatives comprised of Chief Big Foot and Sitting Bull's band of Lakota. At the invitation of Chief Red Cloud, while traveling under a white flag of truce from the Cheyenne River Agency to the Pine Ridge Agency, they were massacred by the US Army at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on December 29, 1890.

 

The were a small number of survivors. Some returned to the Cheyenne River or Standing Rock Agency.  Those few who remained at the Pine Ridge Agency were adopted by the Oglala Lakota Tribe. However, all of the survivors had to rebuild their lives from absolute destitution. In the aftermath of the massacre, the victim's personal property was looted and stolen by the soldiers, agency agents and the surrounding community.


For 127 years, the Oglala Lakota Tribe has been the host for our ancestors and relatives who occupy the mass grave in Wounded Knee, South Dakota. 

The community of Wounded Knee itself is located 18 miles from the town of Pine Ridge and is made up of both Descendants and non Descendants. 

Ending the Exploitation

Considering the soldiers hunted and slaughtered Lakota men, women and children for miles beyond the camp site, the entire massacre site is several miles in width and length. On the website of the National Park Service, Wounded Knee is officially listed as a National Historic Landmark. In the late 1990's, the site came relatively close to being developed into a National Park but due to divergent politics of tribal and community organizations, this development did not transpire. 

Currently, the land on which the mass grave is located and the surrounding land is in the trust of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. The tribe has allowed for the issuance of vendor permits and shade structures to be built below the hill where the mass grave is located. The vendors sell their handmade arts and crafts.

The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre Descendant Society is an ardent supporter and strongly encourages entrepreneurship and positive economic development. 

However, exploiting the sanctity of our ancestors and relatives to make any sort of profit is not only disrespectful but a shameful act against our Lakota virtues. 

We can not support nor condone the disrespectful manner in which some of  on-site vendors and panhandlers conduct themselves.

Visitors/tourists have been harassed, offered entrance onto the mass grave site for money and told erroneous narratives of the what occurred on that horrific day of December 29, 1890.

We would like to express our sincerest apologies to those visitors/tourists who have experienced this and any type of behavior in which you were made to feel uncomfortable. 

We pledge to correct this.  

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"I would not favor any exploitation such as setting up hot dog stands within, you know, a two mile radius. It's all right if they set up the hot dog stand, you know, away from that area, but that whole area is a death ground, and I would not favor anything like that. Beyond a established limit, (whatever) boundaries are established, beyond that I could see whatever needs to be done. "

~ Leonard Little Finger, Direct Lineal Descendant

(Grandson of Joseph Horn Cloud, a Survivor)

Independent Association

Member Funded

The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre Descendant Society is an independent association completely funded by the contributions of its members. Currently, our nonprofit does not solicit monetary donations nor have we received any. 

We are not associated nor have any partnerships with other nonprofits or business entities that privately and publicly advertise the raising of monetary funds or donations for

  • Wounded Knee Descendants 
  • Wounded Knee massacre site
  • Wounded Knee Survivor Associations
  • Purchasing of land for historical development


To date, none of these nonprofits or business entities have contributed any assistance to the maintenance or restoration of the mass grave site in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.  

Video

~ Nathan Blindman

>< Descendant of a Survivor of the Wounded Knee massacre


Nathan tells of his family's survivor story and what it means to be a Descendant of a Survivor. Speaks on the proposed land sale by the current non Native owner. 

 

Speaking on the original papertrail for the land on which our ancestors and relatives rest (mass grave site).

Darren Thompson ~ Flute Music

 

Darren Thompson is a Native American flute player from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indian Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. 

He has graciously granted permission for the use of his music.

For more of his beautiful music and information, please visit his website:

https://darrenthompson.net/