The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee 1

What’s in it for me? Turn the spotlight onto a neglected part of history.

Perhaps more than any other people, Native Americans are subject to an enormous catalogue of clichés. For example, many believe Native American cultures to be identical and view Native American history as a struggle, predominantly, against cowboys.  One of the most unquestioned and damaging misreadings of Native American history is that it ended in 1890, after the massacre of around 300 Lakota Indians at Wounded Knee Creek. After this, the story goes, the era of cowboys and Indians came to an end. The wild US frontier was closed, and Native Americans retreated to their government-granted reservations to live in poverty and anonymity.  But, as these readims show, Native American history didn’t end in 1890. The twentieth century comprised tragedies, trade-offs and triumphs for the hundreds of Native American tribes who showed extraordinary resilience adapting to the century’s rapid transformations. This is the story of Native Americans in the 129 years since Wounded Knee.  In these readims, you’ll find out how Native American boarding schools operated; why casinos were a game-changer for some Native Americans; and How Native Americans are capitalizing on the connective power of social media.

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