Wounded Knee

Charles Michael Ray / SDPB

A South Dakota Senate committee is rejecting a resolution urging Congress to rescind the medals of honor given to soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee Massacre.

The sponsor of the resolution says senators missed their chance to make history by saying what happened at Wounded Knee was not okay.

On December 29, 1890, around 470 soldiers surrounded Chief Big Foot leading his people to the Red Cloud Agency in Pine Ridge.

In the Moment News: June 24-30

Jun 28, 2019

South Dakota state representative Tim Reed explains the five interim task forces that will focus on mental health. South Dakota House Speaker Steve Haugaard and State Senator Reynold Nesiba discuss the implications of marijuana legalization and the opioid crisis on the Northern Plains. Linda Turner goes over this year's Special Education Report. Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jonathan Ellis talk about "Removing the Stain" of the Wounded Knee Massacre, among other news. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports on the hearing of death row inmate Charles Rhines.

In The Moment ... February 4, 2019 Show 508 Hour 1

Author and scholar David Treuer's "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" takes an unflinching look at the history of indigenous people in America while highlighting the oft-overlooked contemporary lives of Native Americans.

Milo Yellow Hair On The 30th Anniversary Of The Big Foot Ride

Dec 7, 2016

Oglala Lakota Milo Yellow Hair has the kind of deep belly laugh that is absolutely contagious.  He is a lifelong resident of the Pine Ridge Reservation and he is well versed the value of humor within Lakota culture.  He lights up when telling a funny story or a joke.   Yellow Hair also has a serious side,  he is one of the founders of the Big Foot Ride. 

South Dakota Magazine managing editor John Andrews stops by Dakota Midday to talk about the latest issue. From creating an ethic of thoughtfulness to gathering the Spiritual Places of South Dakota, Andrews gives listeners (and readers) an editing room glimpse into the inner workings at South Dakota's premiere magazine.

Giago Starts Non-Profit To Buy Wounded Knee Site

Jan 26, 2016

An Oglala Lakota newspaper publisher has started a campaign to buy 40 acres of private land near the Wounded Knee Massacre site.

The land is held by a non-native owner who is asking nearly $4-million for the property.   Those backing the plan to buy the land say it needs to be held by the Lakota people and used in a positive way.

Newspaper publisher Tim Giago says he wants to see a museum and arts and trade center built on the property once it’s acquired.

South Dakota Magazine

John Andrews, Managing Editor of South Dakota Magazine talks about the Nov/Dec issue that focuses on the 125th Anniversary of Wounded Knee.  We discuss the stories, oral histories, photographs, and art related to Wounded Knee.

December 29, 1890 was one of the darkest days of South Dakota and American history. In a clash with U.S. Army soldiers, some 200 innocent Lakota men, women and children were massacred at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Reservation. 124 years later, the horrific tragedy still haunts.

The 123rd Anniversary Of Wounded Knee

Dec 16, 2013

On December 29th, 1890 as the heavily armed 7th Cavalry surrounded an encampment of men, women and children at Wounded Knee, a crack of a rifle ignited a massacre that left at least 150 Lakota dead – the exact number is unknown. Oglala Lakota journalist Tim Giago lived at Wounded Knee as a young boy, and in his latest column for Native Sun News writes that he remembers the warm, summer evenings when the Lakota families sat outdoors and spoke softly, in reverent voices about that terrible day.

Tribe Turns Down Wounded Knee Sale

May 1, 2013

The Oglala Sioux Tribal President says the tribe will not buy the land for sale on the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre at the current asking price of nearly four million dollars.
The land owner gave the tribe until May 1st to purchase the property–or will it would be sold to the highest bidder.    SDPB's Charles Michael Ray has this story.

Covering Wounded Knee In '73

Mar 5, 2013

Kevin McKiernan was a reporter for National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.  He was based in Minnesota when he traveled to Wounded Knee to cover the conflict.  By the time he arrived, the government was barring journalists from entering the village of Wounded Knee.  Lakota guides lead him through the back roads and past the federal blockade.  He was the only journalist with an inside view of the standoff.  McKiernan returned to Wounded Knee last week on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the occupation.

"Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding"

Feb 27, 2013

February 27 is the 40th anniversary of the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota.  Author and journalist Stew Magnuson wrote about the occupation and last year's tense Dakota Conference at Augustana College which was attended by many of the key players from Wounded Knee in his book, "Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding."

Wounded Knee Author

Sep 19, 2012

Jerome Greene, a long-time research historian with the National Park Service in Denver, has written over a dozen books on various aspects of 19th century Indian/White engagements, with emphasis on the Great Sioux War of 1876-77.  He's currently working on a book about the Wounded Knee Massacre.  Greene receives the Black Hills State University Distinguished Alumni Award this week.  He's giving a presentation on Wounded Knee Thursday at 2 p.m. on the BHU campus in Spearfish.