Big Sky Chronicles: Sioux Documentary

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A conflict in 1862 between the Sioux Indians and the U.S. Government, resulted in one of the largest massacres in United States history.

Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith has more on the Dakota Sioux Conflict in this week's Big Sky Chronicles.  After a Sioux uprising in 1862, the U.S. Government sentenced 300 warriors to death hanging 38 men in 1 day, one of the largest massacres in U.S. history.

Tom Cook of the Montana Historical Society says, "To the sounds of death chants and the wailings of people involved in the situation.  They were all hung at once in 1 day.”

Public Information Officer at the Montana Historical Society Tom Cook says what makes the event more tragic is that many people have no idea it happened since it took place during the Civil War.

Cook says, "You have to remember this is all before the Battle of Little Big Horn, it's before Wounded Knee all those sorts of things and it's never really gotten a lot of attention.  That was really kind of the first aegis for the Sioux animosity toward the U.S. Government."

Helena native and Dakota Sioux descendant, Jeremy Redeagle will be speaking about the massacre this week at the historical society.  Cook says Redeagle wants to share the story, giving a Sioux voice to the experience.

Cook says, "He wanted all Native American children to understand the history being told by their own people."

Cook says sharing this story not only gives context to later wars between the U.S. Government and the Sioux Indians, but for Sioux descendants it can help start a healing process.

Cook says, "You don’t really get to reconciliation to really get things behind you until you bring them out into the open and talk about them.”

Redeagle will be speaking about the massacre, emphasizing forgiveness, healing, unity and compassion.  Redeagle will be speaking at the Montana Historical Society on Thursday at 6:30 pm.  Excerpts from the documentary Dakota 38 will also be shown.


Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Big Sky Plumbing & Heating of Helena.
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