Wounded knee and Pine ridge

Trip Start Apr 28, 2008
Trip End May 03, 2008

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Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

     Todays stops were quite depressing. That's really the best way I could describe it.

     The first stop was at Wounded Knee which is the cemetery where 300 Sioux who were killed by American soldiers were buried. They were killed at a creek nearby and buried here. Of the 300, approximately 75% were women and children. I was informed but still surprised by how rundown it was. If I had been driving by, I would not have realized I was driving by Wounded Knee. Dad and Howard both bought dream catchers made by a local.

    As we left Wounded Knee, we passed through Pine Ridge Reservation. Pine Ridge is in the poorest county in the country. Approximately 4,000 annual household income with 80% unemployment. The homes were almost all trailers and it was difficult to tell which were lived in and which weren't. The area was filled with broken down vehicles that had been stripped for parts while people seemed to walk everywhere because they didn't have any working cars.
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rollen-terd on

very sad
Hi John,
Good post. I was surprised by how sad it was too. Didn't know much about Wounded Knee before you guys took off. Safe travels today and will look for the next post.


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