Retracing the route of those who survived the Wounded Knee massacre

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 9th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 9th, 2014

The story is marked in history — on Dec. 29, 1890, a band of Miniconjou Lakota led by Chief Spotted Elk, renamed Big Foot by the U.S. government, was massacred at Wounded Knee. But less is known about the survivors, all of whom witnessed the death and wounding of men, women and children before scattering across the prairie of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Chase Iron Eyes and Joe Brings Plenty, both descendants of relatives who died in the massacre, started the Wounded Knee Survivors Run last year, asking runners to join them as they trace the route taken by the survivors — 180 miles northeast to the South Dakota town called Howe, the location of the Takini School, a rural K-12 institution with a name that means “survivor” or “one who lives on.”

“We don’t run to commiserate,” Iron Eyes said. “It’s a heavy thing and a tragic thing, there’s no skirting that … . But it needs to be a scar, not an open wound.”

Read more about the relay on Al Jazeera America.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Lavinda Sipp

I was raised on a ranch south of Batesland,South Dakota. Tom TwoLance told me of the Battle of Wounded Knee and how he remembered the killiing of some of his family and friends. He told me of how he and other childran had rubbed blood of the dead on them and laided still so the would not be killed by the whites,till dark and then slipping away ,with others,into the hills.A ageing woman,known as Grandma Feather On The Head,told of how she watched her sister and mother die beside her.As she laid by her sister,her mother put her blood on her telling her to lay still till dark and to go with the others at dark to hide. I have a very deep Love for these two people,and the others I grew up with. They told me many storys.

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