Wounded Knee Massacre: Statements and Eyewitness Accounts

(1891)

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Former Pine Ridge Agent Valentine T. McGillycuddy’s Letter to General Leonard W. Colby (January 15)

Sir: In answer to your inquiry of a recent date, I would state that in my opinion to no one cause can be attributed the recent so-called outbreak on the part of the Sioux, but rather to a combination of causes gradually cumulative in their effect and dating back through many years—in fact to the inauguration of our practically demonstrated faulty Indian policy.

There can be no question but that many of the treaties, agreements, or solemn promises made by our government with...


Source: James Mooney. The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890. Vol. 14, No. 2. Washington,...

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