Through May 26: 'Interpretations of Wounded Knee' Exhibit on Display in CWS

Event Details


Date: March 4 - May 25, 2012

Times: Gallery Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday

Location: Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries, Center for Western Studies

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

“Interpretations of Wounded Knee 1973 and 1890,” an exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 will be on display in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Center for Western Studies’ Fantle Building March 5-May 26. A public reception was held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

On Dec. 29, 1890, Miniconjou Lakota chief Spotted Elk (Big Foot) and some 300 of his followers were gunned down on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. Eighty-three years later, 200 Oglala Lakota seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, S.D., for 71 days.

“Interpretations of Wounded Knee 1973 and 1890” is a one-time art show intended to recognize the impact of these two events in Northern Plains, Indian and American history.

Works by 24 artists are on display including:

The exhibit coincided with the 2012 Dakota Conference, the focus of which is Wounded Knee 1973, the 1890 massacre and other aspects of Northern Plains Indian history and culture. The Dakota Conference was April 27-28. Speakers included:

  • Russell Means, activist widely known for leading the 71-day armed takeover of Wounded Knee in 1973
  • Stew Magnuson, author of “The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder
  • Kevin McKiernan, NPR reporter, the last reporter inside Wounded Knee in 1973
  • Joe Trimbach, FBI agent in charge at Wounded Knee in 1973
  • Judge David Gienapp and attorney James McMahon, assistant U.S. attorneys prosecuting Wounded Knee cases
  • Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, American Indian scholar
  • Michael Her Many Horses, participant in Wounded Knee occupation

The Center for Western Studies is located in the Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.

This program is supported by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pictured above: "December 1890" by Donald F. Montileaux.