Over 300 unarmed Lakota were killed that day, their bodies left to freeze in the snow for 3 days. Of this number 69 were children, 133 women, and 39 elders.
After the shooting ended the wounded were piled into wagons and taken to a church which was used as a makeshift hospital. It was 4 days after Christmas and the sactuary was still decorated with Christmas greenry. A banner hanging at the front of the church ironically proclaimed "Pease on Earth, Goodwill to Men".
On New Year's Day a government burial detail arrived to bury the remaining victims. The bodies were stripped of valuables and dropped into a mass grave. Chief Big Foot was scalped, the scalp sent as a trophy to the Seventh Cavalry's museum in Massachusetts. There it remained over the protests of Chief Bigfoot's family until the summer of 2000.
The soldiers who carried out this gruesome massacre were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor which remain to this day.
Below are some pictures of the actual massacre.
The church where the wounded were taken
Burial in the mass grave
The site of the mass grave today
The Names Listed on the Monument at Wounded Knee
Mr. High Hawk
Mr. Shading Bear
Shoots the Bear
Bear cuts Body
Chase in Winter
Afraid of Bear
Young Afraid of Bear
Wm. Horn Cloud
Sherman Horn Cloud
Tooth its Hole
Wolf Skin Necklace
Lodge Skin Knopkin
Charge at Them
Pass Water in Horn
Small Side Bear
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