Wounded Knee has really opened my eyes on how my life is so much different than the Lakota’s. While I was walking around looking at the decorations people put on their loved ones grave I realized that many of the dead people barley made it to 50. It really showed me how much we take for granted in Lacrosse and around there. There are people near us living to be almost 90 years of age and growing through the years. I saw this little girl’s grave stone. She was 6 years old. That broke my heart to even think of losing a loved one at so young of a age. After seeing that, I looked around a little closer and tried to understand how the families maybe felt when they lost their loved ones but no one can ever imagine how they felt when that kind of horrible occurrence happens in their life.
Another thing I got to see that really touched me was the TLP center. When we first pulled up to the building, I was expecting to see what you usually would in movies but when I walked in it was very nice and open. Ounce I found out what the building was for it helped me understand why there were so many kids and so many young adults that already have kids. Most of the people there seemed maybe in their early to mid 20’s . We have so many more opportunities than they do here and it’s very interesting to see the maturity and the difference between us.
By Amaya Swiggum