4-24-17 6:24 PM
Marina Raye-“Gift of Peace” 2015
After 15 hours on the road, we arrived. At the top of a hill is the site of the massacre.
At the bottom by the road is a red sign describing it.
We drove up to the top of the hill on a rough dirt road and parked at the top. The entryway is a brick arch.
A couple of Sioux ladies in a pickup truck drove up too a few minutes later. They greeted us and offered up jewelry and other handmade crafts for sale. Knowing that white people were the ones that caused them such pain, I felt it would be rude to not purchase something from them. I purchased a beautiful turquoise cross necklace for $20.
After they departed we looked around. This site clearly in need of cleaning up and maintenance, but they have little money to do so. In the center is a fenced-in area. One monument inside this enclosure stands taller than the others.
As you can see, Chief Big Foot is listed at the top of this monument. We found a marker for him about 5 miles from here, another resident of the area told us where.
We walked further into the cemetery, this is the chapel.
Coming back around toward the entrance, it is time to depart. We wished the many souls here peace.
We visited the Chief Big Foot site on our way out of the area.
We leave Wounded Knee. They will be in our prayers.