Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey‘s In the Shadow of Wounded Knee: Fighting for Survival on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

On the Great Plains, hidden away on little traveled back roads, is American Prisoner of War Camp Number 334. This is also known as Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Lakota Sioux. They are the tribe that suffered the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre, in December of 1890, in which an estimated 350 Lakota were killed. Among the dead were over one hundred unarmed women and children. Since that day Wounded Knee, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, have been a symbol of the wrongs inflicted on Native Americans by the descendants of Europeans. Pine Ridge is the quintessential example of the failures of the reservation system, with staggering statistics on everything from violent crime to education.

…I have spent years following stories of war, poverty, and neglect in foreign conflicts around the world. I found, however, that I had a group in my own backyard that had been conveniently forgotten.

© Aaron Huey

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