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Re:Black and Native Relations
In Response To: Re:Black and Native Relations ()
An addendum to the previous response.
"Buffalo Soldiers At Fort Robinson
In 1885 the Ninth Cavalry arrived at Fort Robinson, which was regimental headquarters from
1887 to 1898. The black troopers helped build the new post during the fort's 1887 expansion and
were the first cavalrymen sent to the Pine Ridge Reservation during the Ghost Dance trouble of
"The 9th Cavalry, "K" Company in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This photograph was taken during the winter of 1890-91. Note the heavier coats, many Buffalo hide, and hats. Two men pictured here are Medal of Honor Winners- George Jordan, seated, and Henry Johnson, standing in rear"
"Did the Army Attempt To Coverup the Massacre of Prisoners of War?
By Richard W. Hill. Sr.
…Pine Ridge, November 1890- January 1891. Accumulated grievances, aggravated by teachings of an Indian prophet named Wovoka, who claimed to be the Messiah, brought about this last major conflict with the Sioux, General Miles, commander of the Department of the Missouri, responded to a Department of Interior request to check the rising ferment by ordering apprehension of the great Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, who was killed during the attempted arrest at Standing Rock agency on 15 December 1890. Meanwhile, large numbers of Sioux had been assembling in the Bad Lands, and a serious clash took place at Wounded Knee on 29 December 1890 between Col. James W. Forsyth's 7th Cavalry and Chief Big Foot's band with considerable losses on both sides. Almost half the infantry and cavalry on the Regular Army (including elements of the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Cavalry and the 1st, 2d, 3d, 7th, 8th, 12th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22d, and 25th, Infantry as well as the 4th Artillery) were concentrated in the area, and in January 1891 the warriors were disarmed and persuaded to return peaceably to their reservations."(30) “
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