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  • A lot has been said about Wounded Knee and about my great great grandfather who was called Chief Big Foot but not all of it is correct.

    There were at least 2 Lakota leaders called Big Foot. My great great grandfather was the Minneconjou leader who was killed in the massacre with his people and who is buried at Wounded Knee. The photograph on the left side of the picture is of Ste Sitanka (literally "lame" Big Foot) Because this photograph was at the Smithsonian for awhile, it was widely thought to have been my grandfather but it was not. The photograph on the right is him. His true name was Unpan Gleska (Spotted Elk) and this photo is at the Cheyenne River Indian reservation where he was from.

    To explain in detail, it will take more time than I have to devote today, as well as photos of historic documents and other photographs but briefly, the two men have been confused for a long time and as a result younger generations are growing up not knowing the truth. One of the goals of my family foundation is to set the record straight about my great great grandfather. We feel it is important to correct the historic record which has gone unchecked for many years now. Slowly but surely the truth is coming to light however and we lineal descendants are thankful we will be able to preserve the truth for future generations.
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