Disturbing Photos From S.D. in 1890s—From Wounded Knee to Pine Ridge

Disturbing Photos From S.D. in 1890s—From Wounded Knee to Pine Ridge

By: 
ICTMN Staff
12/11/13

All of these images were taken by Chicago photographer J.C.H. Grabill between 1886 and 1892 in South Dakota—not an easy time for the Indians of the area.

It was a time of upheaval for Natives. The railroad was being built through their ancestral homelands, the Massacre of Wounded Knee devastated the Lakota in 1890, and their land was being mined by whites with Westward Expansion on their minds.

As Chicago Magazine pointed out, “Grabill’s photography career lasted a mere seven years, but seven critical ones, and his legacy is a remarkable document of America in the era of Manifest Destiny.”

Grabill released all 188 images he took from 1886-1892 to the Library of Congress. Here are 25 of them.

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Number 15 and 24...Cannot say how much they bother me.
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Sad.
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It's sad. It's sad that this is the inherent nature of evolution instilled into all of humankind. It is the conquest of power that all humans of every group function. It is not the problem of color or even geographical location, though either is a tool of identification through the natural instinct of discriminating differences. It is instinct evolved for millions of years: groups of humans must win over other groups of humans, making victims to make themselves victors. Even our President promotes a type of conquest and victory - similar to the same antics that led to battles emerging between many groups before us. This exists everywhere we live and in everything we do, even in sports, marketing brands, gangs, and most blatantly in politics. All seek to be victors, and to be victors there must be victims who submit. It is human. It is nature. It is reality. Nevertheless, it is sad. But it is the very essence of humankind and most of the rest of nature.
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I find it so interesting that the indian camps are always named 'hostile'. Sjows the ignorant mind set of the white people
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well this was an insult to beautiful people ...............the government should be held accountable for this unfortunate massacre
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mmm
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when you are thinking you are a proud white american and blame immigrants for your problems you really need a history lesson we have nothing to to be proud of when it comes to the treatment of Native Americans and taking there land and murdering there families and the dark shadow of war and descrimination that have loomed over this country for so long , even today with the keystone pipeline we are using imminent domain to steal yet more of there most sacred lands, if we don't take action against this type of treatment than we can hang our heads lower than the murderous ancestors that lived before us and possibly even worse as human beings for know this history and letting this happen in a "civilized" society keep looking the other way some day they will come for your land to no matter what color your skin is !
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I thought my previous post was going to be shared on my face book page my message was not directed to the good people that run this site
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Genocide is a shame for all human being.
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At least we got rid of the biggest redneck Asshair, Custer!!!
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those cameras must have had some pretty impressive zoom lenses to be able to capture Devil's Tower from Sturgis, SD!
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A terrible time, a shameful time. It is good that the pictures are being made public. I look for a man named Noah Waelchli who joined the Native efforts.
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yap natives were treated like crap ,these pic's even prove it. yet that was ok for the white government to do this to people . being native made you less human with no rights. this is so wrong. yet even today the government still treats native people like they are of a lower class of people, taking native children away from their family still. most of the time these children are being placed in white homes. I have seen this many times in my life. and the children are being removed from their culture and their family history is being with held from them too. I have a grandchild that was taken and I know the white family that has her. and know she will not know her native history. well at least until she is of age to check into it.. now she is part white and native so they say she better off with white family. bull crap. the government will never stop pulling crap on native people. sorry seeing these pic's just gets to me
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Two generations later the US would fight a war that revealed Hitler's genocide, yet we blot out the memory of our own genocide of the people pictured here.
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this is so sad---but our government was so happy ---what does that tell us ?
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that was one episode in the history of humankind which makes me feel dishonoured of being a white man...I hate any person no matter what colour he/she has who abuses of the power trusted into them.
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How does any Native American respond to merciless killings of our people or the buffalo that was their mainstay. All were cowardly killings from greed and the power to control. We may not have been on site, but our mind and hearts instantly springs back to those days only to find ourselves immersed in a flood of heartfelt pain and tears--for we are one.
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This marks the end of the old ways when our people were free, when we lived in our own place in the world, with respect for all living things so that the air, waters, land, and animal relatives were undisturbed, and uncontaminated. The New World Order that came after 1890 was brutal, dishonest, and most toxic to our Natives, whose lifestyles had preserved this land for centuries without harm.
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..one day, one beautiful resurrecting day... afterall, what comes around goes around!
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Just 125yrs ago!!
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This should be taught in American History so that the people can better there self by seeing how greed is evil!
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As I view the pictures of my ancestors, I can't help but see the desperation on their faces. Not sure of what would happen next and how they would feed their families. The government had literally stopped their ability to feed themselves by massacring the buffalo and putting them on desolate reservations, or concentration camps. America can never claim pride in itself, as long as our Native people are still here and visible. The shame will haunt America for as long as it exists.
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a beautiful dream died with with these beautiful people
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chahta ohoyo
halito....im going to try this one more time...dear anonymous...your endless ranting and negativity only state and restate things we all know and carry in our hearts...endless negativity has no forward progress!!! ictmn...thank you for the photos...seeing them under any circumstance is great...
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They look happy, shit happens. Was it wrong, maybe, but so was all of history. Get over it! THIS IS HOW THE WOULD PROGRESSES!
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chahta ohoyo
dear ictmn staff...whazzup with this fool....hasnt he/she scattered enough negativity across enough space for you to ask him/her to buzz off????
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that is so true, but we are all of the great spirits children. we are all from one creator.

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