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Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
January 03, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Courtesy photo - Bloody Pocket on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Photo by Clarence Grant Morledge, first photographer on the scene at Wounded Knee.

The military activity in Dakota Territory during the final days of December 1890 included the 7th U.S. Cavalry and the 8th U.S Cavalry. Their intended purpose was to track down the bands of Sioux who had left their respective reservations. Indians who stayed within the boundaries of their reservations were considered ‘friendlies.’

Those who were not on the reservations were labeled as ‘hostiles’ and were to be rounded up and retur...

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