This Week In History: Wk 52 (29 December 1890)
US Troops Kill 150 Native Americans
At least 150 Native American men, women and children are shot dead at Wounded Knee Creek.
In 1890, a US army commanding officer, Colonel James Forsyth, ordered his troops to shoot Native American men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. At least 150 people were killed and another 50 wounded. Colonel Forsyth was charged with "killing the innocents" but was never punished for his actions.
troops (noun): soldiers and other armed forces
army commanding officer (noun): the person who is in charge of a specific military unit
wounded (adjective): hurt but not killed
charge (verb): accuse someone of a crime
innocents (noun): civilians who do not have weapons and are not directly involved in the battle
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey