By the time the Wounded Knee Massacre was over in 1890, the Lokata people had lost over 150 men, women and children.
America’s 7th Cavalry Regiment had been sent in to disarm this proud nation, bringing with them a new kind of multi-barrel revolving cannon called a Hotchkiss.
It was the weapon of mass destruction of its time.
Things did not go well for the Lakota.
The soldiers threw them all into a mass grave.
Just one year earlier the Rosebud Indian Reservation had been established on almost 2 million square miles, and today 10,500 Sioux Native Americans still live there.
For scale, consider that Manhattan has 34 square miles and is home to 8,400,000 people.
Native Americans operate the Rosebud Casino there.
They generate their own wind-turbine electricity and they collect and keep all the revenue and taxes as any other sovereign nation would.
Except now there’s trouble.
The US House of Representatives has voted to authorize the Keystone pipeline extension through their reservation, and the native American Sioux have said no way.
In fact, they consider this an act of war.
I’m hoping all this is just political posturing.