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Re:Black and Native Relations

A Tour Where the Buffalo Soldiers Once Fought

A retired African American U.S. Army officer was conducting a tour of the areas where the Buffalo Soldiers were engaged in pitch battles against Native American warriors. The tourists were all African Americans. On the fourth day out at the Pine Ridge Reservation in Shannon County, South Dakota on their way to Drexel Mission and a stop at Wounded Knee Creek to see the site of the massacre and visit the cemetery he tells of an encounter with a Native American. " At the base of the hill on which sits Wounded Knee cemetery, a Sioux woman stopped her car and asked my journalist friend, who was walking with his wife, what he was doing at Wounded Knee. When he said a little proudly,that he was on a Buffalo Soldier tour. She replied ' Buffalo Soldiers and the white man killed my people. My ancestors are up there. And I don't appreciate you being here. Why don't you go visit Abraham Lincoln's grave?' The young reporter came back to the bus looking as if he had been hit over the head with a two-by-four and with a new appreciation of the strangeness of the past. A lesson in Black history that is with us until the end of time, despite the glory and bravery of men who had many Medal of Honor awardees, heroes who
served after the civil war hoping to win full rights as an American citizen.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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