They were throwing dirt into the air and singing, although this agitated the soldiers. The fight broke out when a soldier tried to disarm a young Lakota named Black Coyote. After that happened a shot was fired and the fight had began. It was a horrible massacre hundreds died. Itleft the Lakota indians with 150-300 dead. Sixty of them were women and children. The U.S. government had 31 dead and 33 wounded. The event is connected to Westward expansion because the Indians planned the Ghost Dance to save their territory from the expansionist. They were worried about losing their land due to the events that led to Westward expansion. Bigfoot wanted to protect his people and his land before he died. However the Wounded Knee Massacre was a terrible accident. There was
confusion between the soldier and the Lakota indian and so much tension that it caused a breakout. Unfortunately it caused many deaths. The Massacre ended the Ghost Dance movement and was the last major event between the Plain Indians and the U.S. government. Works cited
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US History, Lakota people, Sioux, Sitting Bull, Wounded Knee Massacre, Knee Massacre, Wounded Knee Creek