Title: Indians Protest against Battle Picture

Periodical: Daily Journal

Date: February 7, 1914

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INDIANS PROTEST AGAINST BATTLE PICTURE

PINE RIDGE AGENCY, S. D., Feb. 7.—The Sioux Indians are today making plans to send a delegation to Washington with a signed protest against allowing the moving pictures of the reenacted battle of Wounded Knee to be filed in the government archieves as an authentic production. The Indians are enraged at the film people, whom they claim distorted the action of the battle to belittle the prowess of the Redskin.

Several instances are pointed out wherein the picture was distorted. They claim that Nelson A. Miles who took a prominent part in the film, was in reality fifty miles from the scene of the battle and so far as is known was never on the field until he posed for the movies. They also claim that Buffalo Bill who played the part of the hero in the film, was at the agency eighteen miles away, when the real fight occured. The Indians mournfully assert that only one Indian out of the four hundred that engaged in the battle survived. The Sioux have called a meeting of the grand council of the tribe to protest against the pictures going down in history as authentic. They claim they were misled into believing it was only a sham battle and did not know it was to be called Wounded Knee. The formal protest will be carried to Washington by three chiefs.

Title: Indians Protest against Battle Picture

Periodical: Daily Journal

Date: February 7, 1914

Keywords: American Indians Heroes Historical reenactments (Motion pictures) Indians in motion pictures Indians of North America Motion picture locations Motion pictures Sioux Nation United States. National Archives and Records Service United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Pine Ridge Agency Wounded Knee Massacre, S.D., 1890

People: Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925

Place: Washington (D.C.)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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