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Frozen corpses twisted into grotesque shapes Women with little children strapped onto their backs Mothers futilely protecting their babes in their arms Young boys filled with bullets This is how the Indians were found Death and destruction reigned everywhere on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek On December 29 1890 after disarming the Sioux Indians the rapid fire Hotchkiss mountain cannons were used on them These guns fired explosive shells weighing two pounds ten ounces at the rate of fifty per minute and had an effective range of 4 200 yards As the defenseless Indians fled they were shot right through and killed Then a cry was made that those who were not dead should come forth and they would be safe Little boys who were not wounded came out of their places of refuge As soon as they came in sight a number of soldiers surrounded them and butchered them Before the incident a careful roll was taken among the Sioux - 120 men and 230 women and children The next morning over 300 lay dead Gone was the Indian dream pride and spirit This so-called battle marked the great last effort of the Indians struggle to maintain their own culture and identity The end of Indian America is marked by what can only be called a massacre In 1880 the Great Sioux Reservation corralled the Sioux tribes and gave white American agencies control over their activities The establishment of separate reservations blurred long-standing tribal distinctions The older subtribals gradually became obsolete and Indians began to identify themselves according to their reservations The Sioux struggled to uphold to many of their old customs and traditions and were torn from the only life that they ever knew The once proud Sioux found their free-roaming life destroyed the buffalo gone and themselves confined to reservations dependent on Indian agents for their existence So the Indians obstinately clung onto the one thing that they had
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