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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

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The film, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, documents the annihilation of the American Indians in the late 1800s. The film starts out in the Black Hills of the Dakotas, a land sacred to the Sioux Native Americans. The Sioux claimed the land and their population flourished due to the good resources in the area. The white people want to gain control of the land and force the natives to relocate to another area. They want the natives to assimilate and believe that this strategy will improve the nation. Senator Henry Dawes comes up with the plan to relocate the natives to several reservations, where they can learn the ways of the white people. Dawes uses an americanized native named Ohiyesa, or Charles, as proof of the success of assimilation. The Sioux are forced to assimilate in order to protect their lives.
When chief Sitting Bull and his people ran away from their native lands to Canada, they lost all the resources they had once relied on. This led to multiple deaths due to the lack of food, warmth, and much more. A little girl of the Sioux died due to hunger and the harsh weather. Many other children from the tribe also died because the adults could not bring back enough food to feed them all. The harsh winter made it impossible for them to hunt and find any animals in the area. Thus, they barely made it through the winter by eating rats and small animals. The Sioux lost many during that gruesome winter.
The Sioux lost their land to the white men when the men killed numerous natives in a battle. The Sioux believed that Wankan Takan gave them the sacred land of the Black Hills. They had fought hard to obtain the land from other tribes and succeeded. Although they did not officially own the land, they had resided on the land and made it their home for a very long time. The white people found out that gold was rich in the Black Hills and wanted the gold. They knew that the Sioux did not own the land and...

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