On Nov. 13, 1990, SD historian and author Rex Allen Smith visited the Wounded Knee site and recorded an interesting audio account of the events from 1890.
Things To Do
1. Watch A Dark Day: The Wounded Knee Massacre.
2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers), and distribute to class.
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Reality Check (PDF)
Episode 20 Script
Lost Bird of Wounded Knee
On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called A Dark Day: The Wounded Knee Massacre. There is an episode guide, an audio recording, additional videos, activities, and more.
On February 27, 1973, 200 Native Americans, mainly members of the militant American Indian Movement, occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota, site of the last Indian Wars massacre.
Oscar Howe created a powerful, disquieting masterpiece, one that many people at the time preferred to turn away from, if not decry.
Takuwe is an educational art exhibit centered on reimagining the senseless slaughter of innocent Lakota children, women, and men at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890.
A rich array of educational content from Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires to documentaries like Lost Bird of Wounded Knee. On this site, you will find engaging educational resources.
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This resource contains a facsimile of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie. In this treaty, signed on April 29, 1868, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux People.
Students watch a video about Sitting Bull to learn about his military and spiritual leadership. They study excerpts of the Treaty of Fort Laramie (also known as the Sioux Treaty of 1868) and answer questions about Sitting Bull and the Treaty.
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