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Wounded Knee

Batesland, South Dakota
County of Shannon.
11 miles west of Batesland, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
National Register Number: 66000719
Resource type: Site.
The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: SD-At Large Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: A museum interprets the massacre..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 21, 1965):
On December 29, 1890, this was the scene of the last major clash between Native Americans and U.S. troops in North America. In the period following the introduction of the Ghost Dance among the Lakota and the killing of Sitting Bull, a band of several hundred led by Big Foot left the Cheyenne River Reservation. Intercepted by U.S. troops, they had given themselves up and had been escorted to an army encampment on Pine Ridge Reservation when shooting suddenly started. The ensuing struggle, short but bloody, resulted in 75 army casualties and the virtual massacre of Big Foot's band.

The area suffers from neglect.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The owners need to provide regular maintenance at the site.

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