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In December of 1890 some 300 Lakota Indians led by Chief Spotted Elk took up encampment in the area we now know as Wounded Knee South Dakota While they were resting a larger group of US soldiers surrounded the Indians A single shot was fired from the soldiers sparking a string of unprecedented fire from the troops When the rain of ammunition ceased over 300 Lakota Indians laid dead from gunfire cannonfire or manual butchering from the soldiers For four days the dead laid where they were frozen in the cold winter snow and air The soldiers came back on that fourth day and loaded the dead in wagons and hauled them to mass graves Following this incident 27 Congressional Medals of Honor for bravery were awarded to several of the soldiers who participated in the massacre at Wounded Knee Eighty-three years later on February 27 1973 a large group of armed Native Americans reclaimed Wounded Knee in the name of the Lakota Nation For the first time in over a century those Oglala Sioux ruled themselves free from government intervention The federal government found out about the militant movement and surrounded the group of native Americans at Wounded Knee Forces inside Wounded Knee demanded an investigation into misuse of tribal funds as well as an investigation into the BIA and the Department of the Interior regarding their handling of the affairs of the Oglala Sioux tribe The warriors also demanded an investigation into the 371 treaties between the Native Nations and government all of which had been broken by the US The warriors held fast to these demands and refused to lay down arms until they were met In turn the government cut off the electricity to Wounded Knee and attempted to keep all food supplies from entering the area For the rest of the winter the men and women inside lived on minimal resources while they fought back and forth with the feds
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