Wounded Knee Massacre Monument

Wounded Knee Massacre Monument

Wounded Knee Massacre Monument
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A small monument to the natives killed in the Wounded Knee massacre.
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Roel V
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Just like in the previous review from April 2024, I very much doubted whether I would go to the monument. I really wanted to, but I read so many negative things on the internet that I doubted until the last minute whether I should go. I'm glad I went. Such an important place can only remain known if people come and not if everyone stays away. Naturally, the local population also has an influence on this by being hospitable. It is an impressive place. I was with a traveling companion and there were more tourists on site, which was reassuring to me. No one bothered us. At the red sign at the bottom of the road was a car with a woman, a young girl and a small child. They sold dream catchers and necklaces. I asked her myself if I could buy one. I thought I should leave some money behind, the poverty and sadness are obvious. You can drive up from the sign at the bottom of the road. You can park the car, you can also stay in the car. You can go into the cemetery and take pictures. Do it with respect and policy. All in all very worthwhile.
Written 16 May 2024
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Lynn C
Houston7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I must say that after reading these reviews I had second thoughts about going to pay our respect at Wounded Knee. But I'm glad we went. Yes, we were approached by a lady in the parking lot. She got out of a car with three men in it and shyly asked if we would like to see her jewelry. We said yes, but asked if there was someone who could tell us more about the site. Her Uncle in the car agreed to be our guide, so they followed us up the hill. At no time did we feel threatened. It was an honor to listen to her Uncle share his knowledge of the site, and he shared some about his life. The lady was also very friendly and talkative. Yes, I bought her earrings because I liked them. Yes we OFFERED her Uncle a fee after our conversation for sharing his knowledge with us. He didn't ask for one. In the end, we met kind and gentle people and we were glad to learn more about them. The Monument site could be better taken care of, but remember this site is on one of the poorest reservations in the U.S. They dont have a lot of money to dedicate to upkeep. This site is worth visiting no matter how unkempt it may be.
Written 21 April 2024
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Jo
Lake Placid3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
It can be a Spiritual Visit. The trick is IF you actually arrive, it is a blessed time, if you wander thru it is just a tourist
Written 11 April 2024
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Willie F
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I went to Wounded Knee a day earlier this week with my 12-year-old Son, a black van drove up, and two people got out and told me that their water pipe busted, I told them that I'm not a plumber, then they wanted to sell a small dream catcher and bracelets, I told them that I cont' carry cast, they said that they would follow me to the ATM, I told them that I was there to pay my respects to the victims. The older man, who said he was the dad to the other person went on to say that they had talked with the tribal leaders about charging tourists a fee for visiting the site, that the Tribal Leaders turned them down, but here they were, trying to shake me down. Not getting anywhere with me, they finally drove away, then a small black car drove up, hesitated, then drove away. I drove up to the mass burial site on the hill, where the victims were buried, I hastily made a video with my iPhone before the next beggar showed up, there were individual graves surrounding the mass burial site, there were graves of native U.S. military veterans from WW1 & WWII, I found that ironic, but people love this land and serve and fight for it. When that small black car drove up, the man was getting out and a lady was on the opposite side, I didn't get the impression that they were there to sell me a dream catcher or a bracelet. I'm not a mind reader, I didn't know their intentions, but I got back in my vehicle and drove back down that rain-beaten, dirt road back to the street below, as I made my way down that hill, I checked my rearview mirror, the couple was standing there looking, could be at my vehicle or at the massacre site. I didn't learn about this massacre in school. No matter my experience, this is a. must-see. Not satisfied with not being able to properly orientate myself to where the people were murdered, because of the interruptions, two days later I drove back out there, this time alone. On the way there I saw a Police vehicle, and then at the parking lot, I saw a police vehicle pass by, no black van or black car drove up. I would like for the U.S. Government and the Tribal Leaders to erect traditional tepees at the massacre site, in the approximate location that they were in 1890, the names of the dead should be etched in marble or bronze, a material that would last and not deteriorate, there should also be a visitor center that employs native Americans that know the history, tour guides. It should be emphasized that children and women were among the dead, the photographs of the cowards that committed this crime should be on the walls of the visitor center. The cemetery should be cleaned regularly to show the dead the respect that they deserve, just like the U.W. Military cemetery.
Written 29 March 2024
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Sharita B
Kansas City, MO2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Reading the most recent reviews, it is sad to say that 13yrs ago we were there and it is as if it is frozen in time. We also experienced the drunken man (tour guide) as well as the older woman across from the memorial who was friendly and helpful. She explained it was unsafe and to never follow anyone anywhere. That the younger generation had fallen into bad habits concerning visitors. We purchased a pair of beautiful earrings hand made by her and left. Wasn't safe 13yrs ago and apparently still isn't. Be careful, head on a swivel.
Written 28 November 2023
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Elizabeth H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Wounded Knee was a must see on our trip to South Dakota. We drove into the parking lot where the monument is, and 30 seconds later a Native American woman jumps out of a car and approaches us and starts telling us about the massacre. We thought she was a tour guide. She kept asking us to help her out. We did give her money. My sister and I started to walk to the cemetery and a drunken man joins us…..and won’t leave. He too needs some help. This is getting scary. My sister and I are separated at this time and I see three men and a woman are circling her. All drunk and reek of alcohol. They all needed a donation. As we walked down the path to the truck, we observed that every car that stopped immediately got hit up for money. We would have liked to walk the grounds and spend time on the cemetery. It was very run down but fascinating. Many Native American war veterans. Is it safe to go to the monument? I think it is not.
Written 6 October 2023
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Joebob747
Neenah, WI348 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The monument consists of a gravel parking lot with a faded, work out sign and the cemetery up the hill. I'll be honest and say I was disappointed. The parking lot with the sign had people selling beads, so if you are looking for that, I guess here is an opportunity. When we walked up the hill to the cemetery, we were greeted by what I assume is the self-appointed greeter who only knows only a story or two about those buried here. most of the cemetery is overgrown. The trading post has long been closed and appears to be slowly falling apart. I would probably not make the drive down from Rapid City to go here again. Unfortunately I was significantly disappointed with this site given the tragedy that happened here.
Written 1 October 2023
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Gloria C
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Went to Badlands Nat’l Park. It was really pretty. I wanted to go t the Wounded Knee Monument, so we did. Long drive. Stopped by massacre site. My husband bought something from the Indian woman at the massacre site. There were people in a car behind her. He asked about the monument, it was across street on little hill. We drove up the badly worn road, got out and I saw a car racing up the hill. Told my husband to lock our car. I went into cemetery. It was awful. Weeds grown up everywhere. Then 2 young Indian men got out of car & came up to my husband,but couldn’t hear what was said. My husband called to me, so I took pic of Memorial and I saw a 3rd guy coming up toward our car. That’s when I realized why my husband was calling to me to come on down to the car. I was frightened then because I heard them asking for money. I went around that 3rd guy and got in car. He smelled heavily of liquor. My husband went to get in and gave one guy $10 and we got the hell out of there. My husband then told me that the first guy stuck out his had to him to shake hands and then wouldn’t let go. My husband was a police officer before he retired so he pulled away knowing that is a tactic to hold on to someone while your partner strikes him. It was a very disturbing experience. We felt like the woman at the massacre site across the street or her friends in the truck behind her were involved and possibly called the men to let them know we were going up there. They disappeared right after the men came up.
Written 28 September 2023
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Bartlett P
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This site should be maintained, signage put up and repairs done to the memorial. Young men came out of nowhere after we got into the graveyard and at 68 years old it was scary. We left immediately and will never return. We went to pay our respect to these people that were wronged by us.
Written 21 September 2023
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Shana
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I was grateful to see it -and sad at the condition. Broken glass and peeling paint, etc. There is a bit of a hill to climb, giving you a long view.
Written 19 August 2023
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