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Wounded Knee Survivors Association

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Collection Summary

Title Wounded Knee Survivors Association
Span Dates 1897-1973
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1971-1973)
Quantity .25 linear ft.
Printed Material Printed Materials are located in Box 1.
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

The Wounded Knee Survivors Association members are “descendents and relatives of the Sioux Indians that were involved or killed in the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890.”  The Association originated shortly after the 1890 massacre, when survivors began to ask for compensation.  Dewey Beard and Joseph Horn Cloud were two of the organization’s founding members.  Currently, the Association is an independent organization whose goals include preserving and protecting the massacre site from exploitation and administering any memorial erected at the Wounded Knee site.  In 1995 a bill proposing a memorial was put to the United States Congress but the bill has not yet passed, and there is still much conflict about the memorial.

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