On the morning of December 29, the Army surrounded the families and after killing them, dumped their lifeless bodies, infants and little children and all into mass graves. The sight of heavily armed soldiers standing over those graves of babies... makes me sick. And is too brutal for this website.
This event was just ONE incident where photographs were taken... but there were many, many more. The hand written reports sent to the White House detailing how uprisings had been squelched all over the US... those were also massacres just not photographed.
Pine Ridge fought hard to defend themselves and they were hit hard in return by the government, even stooping low enough to kill children and infants. That is when the tribe finally gave up trying. They stopped fighting as a means to protect their children.
Pine Ridge has struggled since this. There is a depression that hangs over the tribe that has never been healed. But Pine Ridge needs to remember, their ancestors sacrificed everything to keep the remaining children alive. They sacrificed their freedom, their lives. Pine Ridge children are the descendants of warriors turned saints.