Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Character Descriptions

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Big Foot - This individual is a Minneconjou chief who surrenders his people when the military starts killing indiscriminately in revenge for previous battles. After he is identified as an instigator of the Ghost Dance, he tries to take his people to the Indian Agency at Pine Ridge. The Army captures and tries to disarm them. In the process, a Minneconjou fires a shot and the military reacts, killing this chief and most of the Minneconjous.

Black Kettle - This person is a Cheyenne chief who goes to great lengths to keep peace with white people. He assures his people at Sand Creek that they have protection from the Army, who slaughters the village. He escapes, but is tricked once again at a later date, and dies while trying to make peace with the soldiers. US Army leaders lie about this chief's death, saying that he...

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