In late December 1890 the U.S. Cavalry captured Big Foot and his people, who were on their way to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
The Minneconjou (Sioux) group was marched to Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, and there they spent the night.
The next morning the soldiers collected the warriors’ guns. They were almost finished when a shot went off.
There are different accounts about who fired the shot, but the result was that the soldiers quickly began shooting every Native American in sight.
About 200 people died, including many women and children.
Louise Weasel Bear later remembered, “We tried to run, but they shot us like we were a buffalo.”