There’s no better way to remember the massacre at Wounded Knee then to pay a visit, either in person or online, to Wounded Knee, the Museum. The museum tells the story of a small band of Lakota families through various mediums.
At the museum, which is located on Interstate 90, north side of Exit 110 in Wall, South Dakota, the story of these Lakota families who became the focus of the last major military operation of the U.S. Army in its centuries-long effort to subdue American Indian tribes, vivid exhibits and photographs help bring the visitor back to the scene of the hideous murders of December 29, 1890. It is one thing to understand and reflect on the knowledge that 300 Lakota men, women, and children died that day by the barrels of rifles and Hotchkiss guns, quite another to experiencing it at the museum.
“Wounded Knee, The Museum, serves as a memorial to those slaughtered at Wounded Knee Creek, December 28, 1890,” their website states. “The Museum’s primary mission is to provide and advance knowledge about our shared history, and to assist in preserving the memory of the victims by encouraging visitors to learn and reflect on the events surrounding the massacre of the Lakota.”
The museum offers an unparalleled educational experience, presenting an exhaustively researched and documented history of the flight of Big foot’s band of Minneconjou Lakota through South Dakota in the cold of winter, and their subsequent capture by the 7th Cavalry.
This is a narrative museum, which means visitors walk along a path in a specific order and allow the museum’s pictures, graphics, and models tell you the story. There is also a special Remembrance Room honoring the victims of Wounded Knee. These exhibits don’t focus solely on the massacre at Wounded Knee, they also cover pre-Columbian America up to to current issues like the use of Indian mascots for sports teams. This is along with the Wounded Knee exerptise.
The museum’s blog is also a fount of incredible information. The blog has astounding audio files, provides information about the memorial ride, donation efforts for Pine Ridge Reservation, the Wounded Knee massacre site, recent news, and an oral history archive project just to name a few things.