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Wounded Knee

noun
1.
a village in SW South Dakota: site of a massacre of about 300 Oglala Sioux Indians on Dec. 29, 1890.
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  • He wanted to get up and rush at Dan, despite the levelled pistol, but the Wounded Knee held him back.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • It consists of two words, which together mean the “Wounded Knee.”

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • He only allowed it to crop up each time his Wounded Knee gave him a little twinge, as he limped around after Mr. Comstock.

  • She forgot her Wounded Knee, and he forgot his doubts of her.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • According to him, the name of Tsui Goab originally meant, not Wounded Knee, but red dawn.

  • Many a Christmas holiday was spoiled that winter by the news from Wounded Knee.

    To The Front Charles King
  • There were wagons and soldiers—the burial party going to the Wounded Knee to do its solemn duty.

    Pony Tracks Frederic Remington
  • Tsu means ‘sore,’ ‘wounded,’ ‘painful,’ as in ‘Wounded Knee’—Tsui Goab.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • The interior of the car resembles the scene of the battle of Wounded Knee, but this gives you small satisfaction.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
Wounded Knee in Culture

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A creek in South Dakota where United States soldiers killed large numbers of Dakota Native AmericansSioux — in 1890. The Sioux, under Chief Big Foot, had been resisting settlement of the area and had fled to Montana, but United States troops brought them back to South Dakota for detention. As the soldiers were disarming the warriors in an army camp at Wounded Knee, a rifle shot alarmed the soldiers, and fighting broke out in which more than two hundred Sioux were killed, including women and children. The massacre was the last major military conflict between whites and Native Americans.

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