Wounded Knee Creek

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Wounded Knee Creek is a tributary of the White River, approximately 100 miles (160 km) long,[1] in southwestern South Dakota in the United States. Its Lakota name is Chankwe Opi Wakpala.

It rises in the southeastern corner of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation along the state line with Nebraska and flows northwest. It is the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, in which the 7th US Cavalry under Colonel James W. Forsyth massacred approximately 150 Sioux, mostly women and children, many unarmed. Towns in this region include Wounded Knee and Manderson. The Wounded Knee Creek flows NNW across the reservation and joins the White south of Badlands National Park.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 30, 2011

Coordinates: 43°26′11″N 102°32′43″W / 43.4364°N 102.5453°W / 43.4364; -102.5453