Aaron Huey: America’s native prisoners of war
“In 1890, the date that I believe to be the most important in this slideshow. This is the year of the Wounded Knee Massacre. On December 29th, U.S. troops surrounded a Sioux encampment at Wounded Knee Creek and massacred Chief Bigfoot and three hundred prisoners of war using a new rapid fire weapon that exploding shells called the Hotchkiss gun.
“For this so-called ‘battle’, twenty congressional medals for valor were given to the 7th cavalry. To this day, this is the most medals of honor ever awarded for a single battle. More medals of honor were given for the indiscriminate slaughter of women and children than for any battle in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan.
“The Wounded Knee Massacre is considered the end of the Indian Wars. Whenever I visit the site of the mass grave at Wounded Knee, I see it not just as a grave for the Lakota, or the Sioux, but as a grave for all indigenous people.”