Re: This Day In History ...

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Posted by Jeri on September 03, 2000 at 11:59:49:

In Reply to: This Day In History ... posted by Rich on September 03, 2000 at 09:30:48:

: "1855 U.S. Army avenges the Grattan Massacre

: On this day in 1885, General William Harney and
: 700 soldiers take revenge for the Grattan
: Massacre with a brutal attack on a Sioux village in
: Nebraska that left 100 men, women, and children
: dead.
: The path to Harney's bloody revenge began a year
: before near Fort Laramie, Wyoming, when a brash
: young lieutenant named John Grattan and 30 of
: his men were killed while attempting to arrest a
: Teton Sioux brave accused of shooting a white
: man's cow. Despite the many eyewitness reports
: that Lieutenant Grattan had foolishly threatened the
: Sioux and practically forced them to attack, the
: incident quickly gained infamy around the nation
: as the "Grattan Massacre." Americans demanded
: swift vengeance, and the army turned to the
: celebrated Indian fighter, General William Harney,
: to lead a punitive attack against the Sioux. Harney
: decided an appropriate target for retribution was a
: village of 250 Sioux led by Chief Little Thunder
: encamped near Ash Hollow, Nebraska. Refusing to
: accept Little Thunder's offer of immediate
: surrender, Harney ordered a full-scale attack that
: completely destroyed the village and killed more
: than 100 Sioux.
: After later learning more about what had really
: happened at the Grattan Massacre, Harney
: softened his attitude toward the Sioux and
: eventually convened a successful peace council
: that temporarily calmed tensions. But for the rest of
: his life the general was plagued with the nickname
: of "Squaw Killer Harney," while the unfortunate
: pattern of revenge and punishment his attack
: began would only grow more vicious on both sides
: of the conflict. One Sioux boy who witnessed the
: brutal massacre would never forget or forgive and
: would take his own revenge 21 years later at the
: Battle of the Little Bighorn. His name was Crazy
: Horse." ... from The History Channel

: And the descendants of Chief Little Thunder??? One, his great grandson, our friend, Jake Little Thunder, who resides in South Dakota on Pine Ridge ... Another, HIS grandson, Jonathan Little Thunder, one of Crazy Horse's warriors in TNT's "Crazy Horse"!

Thanks for posting this Rich.

When I read articles such as this, I feel terribly sad and furious at the same time. The native people of North America were treated so badly by so many that it's no wonder that resentment still lingers today. If we could only go back and do things differently.... But then again, would we? That's the question.


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