Wounded Knee Was Not The EndIn 1890, men of the US Army massacred hundreds of Sioux Indians , mostly women and children, at Wounded Knee. This tragedy is often considered as marking the end of the Indian Wars in this country. But, over a hundred years has passed, and there is still a very real, very potent, and very savage war of sorts still being waged against these first Americans.
In 2012, the average life expectancy of an Indian is less than half that of other Americans. Native women face rape and other sexual assaults at a far greater rate than anyone else in this country. Alcholism and suicide is alarmingly high on reservations; and contrary to the ignorant assumptions of many, this is out of a deep despair about their circumstance, and the inability to lift themselves out of the situation, and not because they're weak, lazy drunks.
During the recession that has gripped the nation for four years now, bad as it is, few people take the time to consider that the economic picture is far worse for Native Americans coast to coast.
Maybe the most dire threat to this great people is the mindsets of many Americans, which lives on the unfair and wrong stereotypes about what Indians are, and the ludicrous idea that their situation is they're own fault, that they could better their lives themselves, but are content to live on government handouts that in reality barely exist.
one hundred and twenty two years after The Wounded Knee massacre in South Dakota, a war is still being waged against Native America, and it's a war they are losing.