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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lost Bird

 
 
Lost Bird Marker (side one) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
1. Lost Bird Marker (side one)
Inscription.  
(side one)
On December 28, 1890, 500 well-armed soldiers of the Seventh Cavalry surrounded a tepee camp of 350 Lakota prisoners of war at Wounded Knee Creek S.D. During a search for weapons the next morning, a Lakota accidentally discharged his rifle. Reacting with close-range volleys of rifle and artillery fire soldiers killed an estimated 250 Lakota men, Women, and children.

Four days later an infant was found alive in a snow bank beneath the frozen body of her mother. Named Zintkala Nuni (Lost Bird), the child became

(side two)
General Leonard Colby's trophy of war.

Lost Bird attended All Saints School for girls in Sioux Falls in 1904. She made steady progress under Headmistress Helen Peabody, but because her adopted father failed to pay her tuition, she was unable to return for a second year.

Raised in non-Indian society but always drawn toward her Lakota heritage, Lost Bird lived a brief, turbulent life. She died in 1920 in California and was buried there. In 1991 her remains were repatriated and buried at the Wounded Knee massacre site.
 
Erected 2005 by Minnehaha County Historical Society, The South Dakota Humanities Council, and in Honor of Renee Sansom Flood, and Thomas A. Blake in Honor of Jami Blake.
 
Location.
Lost Bird Marker (side two) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
2. Lost Bird Marker (side two)
43° 32.255′ N, 96° 43.648′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on W 17th Street 0.1 miles west of S Phillips Ave, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 608 S Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Glory to Glory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Government Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First School House 1873 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pillars of the Nation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lady Liberty (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lt. Jonas Lien (approx. half a mile away); Helen Gale McKennan (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Zintkala Nuni (Lost Bird). (Submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US IndianWomen
 
Lost Bird Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
3. Lost Bird Marker
<i>...General L. W. Colby...Holding Baby Girl, Zintkala Nuni (Little Lost Bird)...</i> image. Click for full size.
Taylors Photo Studio, Beatrice, Nebraska (photo courtesy of National Anthropological Archives), circa 1891
4. ...General L. W. Colby...Holding Baby Girl, Zintkala Nuni (Little Lost Bird)...
Full title is: Portrait of General L. W. Colby of Nebraska State Troops Holding Baby Girl, Zintkala Nuni (Little Lost Bird), Found On Wounded Knee Battlefield, South Dakota
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 5,421 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.   4. submitted on April 13, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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