The horrific event known as the Massacre at Wounded Knee took place on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on December 29, 1890. The United States government’s pursuit of a group of Lakota Sioux who practiced the Ghost Dance movement was the culmination of a long period of growing tensions with the Lakota Sioux.
Legendary Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse represents Native American resistance to white settlement and U.S. imperialism. Crazy Horse, a Lakota warrior who was born around 1840 in what is now South Dakota, was instrumental in the defense of Lakota land and culture.
Mount Rushmore The Black Hills of South Dakota are home to Mount Rushmore, an iconic national monument that honors four of America’s most beloved presidents. Faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are carved into the granite mountain face at a height of 60 feet (18 meters). Mount Rushmore was begun …