Dakota Daughters: A Story of the Wounded Knee Massacre

As part of Siouxland Libraries Native American Heritage Month, three women―Native American, African-American, and Euro-American―will describe events in the western U.S. from 1865 to 1890 leading up to the Wounded Knee Massacre. Dakota Daughters will present their stories on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ronning Branch Library, 3100 East 49th Street.

The women are portrayed by:

  • Geraldine Goes In Center, Oglala Lakota, who served in the U.S. Army from 1974–82. She earned a BS in human services from Oglala Lakota College.
  • Joyce Jefferson has toured the state educating audiences about African-American history. Her BS in English was granted by Black Hills State University.
  • Lillian Witt, who grew up on a small South Dakota ranch, earned a BA in journalism/history from Chadron (Nebraska) State College.

The events about which the women provide perspective include the Treaty of Fort Laramie, the Battle of the Little Big Horn (or Greasy Grass), the Dawes Act, the Ghost Dance, and the death of Sitting Bull.

To commemorate the upcoming 130-year anniversary of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, Dakota Daughters have made it a priority for this story to be told throughout South Dakota.

At the end of the program, audience members are invited to participate in an open discussion about the conflicting historical accounts. Kathy Holmgren, a journalist whose work has been featured on indianz.com and the Native Sun News Today, will serve as moderator.

To guarantee your seat, registration is required at www.siouxlandlib.org or call 367-8700. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation as a courtesy to those on the wait-list.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Ronning Branch (367-8140) or visit www.siouxlandlib.org.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or humanrelations@siouxfalls.org at least 72 hours before the event.

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