Wounded Knee Battlefield

11 mi. W of Batesland, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Batesland, South Dakota


On December 29, 1890, this was the scene of the last major clash between Native Americans and U.S. troops in North America. In the period following the introduction of the Ghost Dance among the Lakota and the killing of Sitting Bull, a band of several hundred led by Big Foot left the Cheyenne River Reservation. Intercepted by U.S. troops, they had given themselves up and had been escorted to an army encampment on Pine Ridge Reservation when shooting suddenly started. The ensuing struggle, short but bloody, resulted in 75 army casualties and the virtual massacre of Big Foot's band. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 21, 1965

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Military; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Battle site
Current functions
Park; Graves/burials
Period of significance
Significant year