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The event that that ended all the wars between the Indians and America was the Battle of Wounded Knee The battle symbolizes not only never ending battle of Indians and Americans but the end of the American frontier The once proud Sioux found their free-roaming life ruined the buffalo gone They were confined to reservations dependant on Indian Agents for their survival They tried to return to their old ways on being dependent on themselves and went to a new mysticism shaman called Wovoka Wovoka called himself the Messiah and said The dead would soon join the living in a world were the Indians could live the way they use to He explains that a tidal wave of new soil would cover the earth bury all whites and rebuild the prairie The Sioux were to dance the Ghost Dance The Ghost Dance religion made a long journey to the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota to seek protection from military capture The dancers wore brightly colored shirts decorated with images of eagles and buffaloes The Ghost Shirts would protect them from the American soldiers During the fall of 1890 the Ghost Dance spread through the Sioux villages of the Dakota reservations stimulating the Sioux to be less afraid of the white men The whites on the other hand wanted to be protected A worried Indian Agent at Pine Ridge telegraph his superiors in Washington The leaders should be arrested and confined at some military post until the matter is quieted and this should be done now The order went out to arrest Chief Sitting Bull at the Standing Rock Reservation Sitting Bull was killed in the attempt on December 15 1890 Chief Big Foot was next to be arrested When Big Foot heard Sitting Bull dies he led his people to Pine Ridge Reservation The army captured the tribe on December 28 and brought them to the skirts of the Wounded Knee
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