Resolution Presented to the Oglala Sioux Nation Concerned the Wounded Knee Burial Site

This motion was presented today, May 3, 2010.

Whereas, Lakota Chief Big Foot and his band were ill, hungry, and running for their lives when they were captured by the United States 7th Calvary and forced to make camp near Wounded Knee Creek. Chief Big Foot carried a White Flag, an International Symbol of Truce, Ceasefire, and Request for Negotiation during times of War. Chief Big Foot and his band were surrounded, unarmed, and massacred by the US 7th Calvary, which included the use of 4 Hotchkiss guns, on December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek and in the nearby ravines as they ran, seeking to protect their children. The unarmed Lakota men fought the 7th Calvary with sticks and in hand to hand combat. The unarmed Lakota women fought the 7th Calvary with spoons and in hand to hand combat. They fought to their death and deserve to be honored and respected. The frozen bodies of the massacred Lakota were dumped on top of each other and buried in a mass grave. The US government violated the 1868 Ft Laramie Treaty when they broke the Peace of the Treaty and massacred Chief Big Foot, and more than 300 unarmed men, women, and children.

Whereas, the US Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Twenty Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded to the 7th Calvary for their roles in killing Lakota unarmed prisoners of war at the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, and the US has refused to reclaim those Medals of Honor, and took 100 years, until 1990, for the US to change the word “Battle” to that of “Massacre” at Wounded Knee, and the US refuses to return items taken from the dead bodies, the camp site, and the massacre site.

Whereas, the United States Government has never apologized to the descendants of Chief Big Foot and his band for this atrocity committed against unarmed Prisoners of War, nor has the US ever taken responsible for their act of massacre as a violation of the 1868 Ft Laramie Treaty nor its continued violations of the 1868 Ft Laramie Treaty, nor were the Oglala Lakota people consulted to determine if bringing in the US Military would be received as conducive to heal the trauma caused by the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.

Whereas, all Lakota People have great respect Chief Big Foot and his people and for the tragedy that was enacted upon them in one of the world’s most shameful acts ever committed and believe that their Memory must be honored and treated with the utmost respect, including the place where they lie buried in the Wounded Knee Mass Grave.

Whereas, the United States Military arrived at the Wounded Knee Mass Grave on May 1, 2010 in three Military Transport Helicopters that held 40 and more members of the Armed Services of the US without the free, prior, informed consent of the Oglala Lakota people and thus were prevented from landing.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Oglala Sioux Tribe will take every action to see that the United States Reclaims the Twenty Medals of Honor from the 7th Calvary for their role in the Massacre at Wounded Knee, to remove any recognition the US Military bestows to its entities for the Massacre at Wounded Knee, and to obtain the return of personal items taken from Lakota people at the 1890 Massacre.

Therefore Be It Further Resolved, that the Oglala Sioux Tribe, its members, any entity, organization, or resident on the Pine Ridge Reservation will not allow the United States Military from this time forward to come anywhere near the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre Mass Grave in order to demonstrate Honor and Respect for the Lakota people buried there, and to ensure a peaceful, nonviolent, weapon-free zone for the Mass Gravesite area.

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Posted on May 3, 2010, in Anti-War & Anti-Imperialism, Indigenous Struggles, Radical History and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Resolution Presented to the Oglala Sioux Nation Concerned the Wounded Knee Burial Site.

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