Trail of Tears.... was President Andrew Jackson's genocide plan. U.S. attempt at an American Indian holocaust. Previously, the government had already tried to eradicate the American buffalo, the Indians main food source. The government was also able to steal more land from the Indians with this horrific event.
Massacre At Wounded Knee. Because of fear and white misunderstanding of the Ghost Dance, Spotted Elk's band of about 300 Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte were detained and escorted five miles westward to Wounded Knee Creek, where they made camp. On the morning of December 29, 1890, 500 U.S. troops were sent into the camp to disarm the Lakota. An accidental shot set off the massacre.