The Media and Wounded Knee

When I mentioned the bit about Wounded Knee and how the Native Americans were told to hand over their guns and the government would protect them…little did I know that the media also created a hysteria about the Native Americans that played a heavy hand in the murders of 300 innocent men, women, and children.

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A year earlier, the Ghost Dance had appeared on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Born from the vision of a Paiute named Wovoka (aka Jack Wilson), the Ghost Dance blended the messianic account of Christianity with traditional Native beliefs. This new religion told of the return of the Messiah to relieve the suffering of Native Americans and promised that if they would live righteous lives and perform the Ghost Dance in the prescribed manner, the European American invaders would vanish, the bison would return, and the living and the dead would be reunited in an Edenic world. But in Royer’s paranoid mind the Ghost Dance was a war dance that threatened imminent bloodshed. His dispatches to Washington urged that troops be sent to protect citizens from war.

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The trains unloaded their travelers at Rushville, Nebraska, on November 20, 1890, and from there the troops and reporters made their way to Pine Ridge Agency, where they all soon discovered that there was no crisis to be found. Soon a regular fare of rumors and lies began to appear in the national press, fed by merchants who wanted to keep the reporters, and their expense accounts, engaged in the economically strained communities south of the Pine Ridge Reservation. These fantastic stories fed a growing national anxiety about impending war. They also appeared on the reservations, where Lakotas who had been educated in the nation’s Indian schools read the reports of troop activities and the rumors of outbreak to other members of their community. In this manner, the press became an important factor in stoking the anxiety both on and off the reservation.

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As you read further, you see how the Native Americans were characterized as “hostile” or “friendly” Indians.  That is, if they objected to the government’s plan to put them on reservations, they were considered hostile even if they had never uttered a word of violence.  Despite what you’ve been taught in history class, most American Indians wanted peace and to get along.  Otherwise, they would have let the Pilgrims die that first winter.

If you believe in FEMA camps, as some folks have stated are around us, then you start to see how this relates to present day.  Herd everyone who disagrees with the New World Order into FEMA camps, mental hospitals, or have them conveniently die of heart attacks or car accidents or plane crashes.

You’ll remember how the media led up to the Iraq War,  as they’re trying to do now to take away Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights and trying to get us into war in Syria.  I hope folks understand how serious that is — Syria will get us into World War III and likely nuclear war.  *Boom*  we’re done.

Here is a report of Wounded Knee.

 

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