After a long day of our leadership camp, I was very tired and I really needed a nap, but we were scheduled to take a trip to Wounded Knee. As soon as we arrived on the site there was a sign that explained Wounded Knee with very various facts and was totally worth missing that nap. Once I read the sign, I was very interested in learning more. We took a little walk up to the cemetery and saw the Wounded Knee burial site that was fenced in with a large monument. There were not only people buried there who died at the Wounded Knee Massacre, but other Lakota people as well. We saw graves of all ages, which was very emotional and surprising because of how young a lot of the Lakota were when they passed. Finally we went back down to our vans and met Emerson, who taught us more about the Wounded Knee Massacre by a book filled with real newspaper articles of the Lakota. This book made it much easier to understand, because of the real life pictures. This experience was very surreal for me and the rest of the Health Science Academy.
By Laura Jirsa