December 29 - 1890 - The Wounded Knee Massacre
When the US Cavalry came towards the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in late December, their instructions were to round up all the Native Americans not on reservations and put them on reservations. And yet when they came upon a band of Lakota Sioux outside the reservation newar Wounded Creek, shots were fired while they took the Sioux guns. At once, the Cavalry opened fire with large guns outside the encampment, and over 300 Native Americans were kileld in a matter of minutes. The entire massacre was the culmination of fear about the Ghost Dance, reservation policies, and the way the Cavalry behaved in the Indian Wars. Many people who saw the aftermath were appalled, but the larger American society mostly thought it was a great victory for the United States Army.