Essay Summary: Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee tells the story of the indians and their struggles against the United States. The novel tells several different stories of chiefs and their tribes and how they all fought for their land against the United States Government. The story describes famous battles like Little Crow’s war and the Battle at Wounded Knee. It also shows the indians efforts to stay on there land to the point they have to go to war with the American Government. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee describes the challenges faced by the Native Americans from the United States Government, land hungry settlers, and the destruction of the buffalo.
In chapter three Little Crow’s War the Sioux Chief trades his land to the American’s in exchange for rations.
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Black Kettle Signs a treaty to stay within Sand Creek and Arkansas River. In exchange the Americans would leave them alone. This treaty is broken when Union Army soldiers chase Confederate soldiers through the indian land. After three small gunfights Black Kettle tries to make peace. The Americans and the Indians do not come to an agreement and the Americans attacked the Cheyenne at Sand Creek. The army massacres the indians killing 133. The survivors move south in order to find more buffalo losing their land …show more content…
The Indians moved into American towns and were given some land, but the majority of the land had been over hunted resulting in short food supply, and putting the Buffalo on the verge of extinction. The chief Big Foot is one of the last leaders of an indian tribe. He and his group are captured and forced to move to a reservation at Wounded Knee. Shortly after this the American’s surround their camp with men and canons. The American’s tell the Indians they have to give up their weapons which is one of the only things they have left. The Indians gave up their weapons except for one who had a rifle in his hand. This Indian was named Black Coyote and he was death and could not hear the American’s commands. A American soldier decides to forcefully take the weapon and a shot goes off resulting in battle. The Indians either engaged the soldiers in battle or tried to run. Those who ran were hit by canons or were shot down. The Americans didn’t care if it was a man, woman, or child. The estimated death count was three-hundred men, women, and children out of three-hundred and

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