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Descendant of Wounded Knee commander asks Lakota people for forgiveness
For the last 50 years, Bradley Upton has prayed for forgiveness as he has carried the burden of one of the most horrific events in U.S. history against Native Americans, one that was perpetrated by James Forsyth, his great-great-grandfather.

Forsyth commanded the 7th Cavalry during the Wounded Knee Massacre on Dec. 29, 1890, when U.S. troops killed more than 250 unarmed Oglala Lakota men, women and children, a piece of family history that has haunted the Colorado man since he was a teenager.

This week Upton, 67, finally got an opportunity to express his contrition and formally apologize for the atrocities carried out by Forsyth to the direct descendents of the victims at their home on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
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November 08, 2019
Dena Waloki hugs Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, on the Cheyenne...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Dena Waloki hugs Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Dena Waloki holds the hands of Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre,...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Dena Waloki holds the hands of Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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November 08, 2019
Dena Waloki gives Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, a gift of...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Dena Waloki gives Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, a gift of a traditional necklace on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Descendant of the Lakotas killed at the Wounded Knee massacre gather at a community building while a...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Descendant of the Lakotas killed at the Wounded Knee massacre gather at a community building while a person displays photos of an ancestor on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (2nd L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, speaks with Manny Iron...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (2nd L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, speaks with Manny Iron Hawk (L), descendant of a Lakota killed at Wounded Knee, while covered in a ceremonial Lakota star quilt during a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, listens to a speech while sitting...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, listens to a speech while sitting next to Debbie Day, descendant of a Lakota killed at the Wounded Knee massacre, on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the Knee that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, speaks to Debbie Day, descendant...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, speaks to Debbie Day, descendant of a Lakota killed at the Wounded Knee massacre, on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
A Lakota boy places a sacred staff near a horse's snout during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
A Lakota boy places a sacred staff near a horse's snout during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Picture taken November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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November 08, 2019
A Lakota person rides a horse with a sacred staff during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
A Lakota person rides a horse with a sacred staff during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
A Lakota person rides a horse with a sacred staff during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
A Lakota person rides a horse with a sacred staff during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Lakota riders arrive at the government building where they will meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Lakota riders arrive at the government building where they will meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
A Lakota person rides a horse with a sacred staff during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
A Lakota person rides a horse with a sacred staff during a horse ride to meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Lakota riders arrive at the government building where they will meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Lakota riders arrive at the government building where they will meet Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, gives a hug to Roderick Dupris'...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, gives a hug to Roderick Dupris' horse on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Roderick Dupris (with horse) speaks to Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre,...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Roderick Dupris (with horse) speaks to Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
A horse is tied up outside of a community building on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
A horse is tied up outside of a community building on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, arrives for a meeting on the Cheyenne...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton, descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, arrives for a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (C), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, arrives for a meeting on the...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (C), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, arrives for a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Roderick Dupris, descendant of a Lakota killed at Wounded Knee, speaks to Brad Upton (L), descendant...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Roderick Dupris, descendant of a Lakota killed at Wounded Knee, speaks to Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, during a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Manny Iron Hawk, descendant of a Lakota killed at Wounded Knee, introduces Brad Upton (L), descendant...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Manny Iron Hawk, descendant of a Lakota killed at Wounded Knee, introduces Brad Upton (L), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, during a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Descendant of the Lakotas killed at the Wounded Knee massacre gather at a community building on the Cheyenne...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Descendant of the Lakotas killed at the Wounded Knee massacre gather at a community building on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Manny Iron Hawk, descendant of a Lakota killed at Wounded Knee, is photographed on the Cheyenne River...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Manny Iron Hawk, descendant of a Lakota killed at Wounded Knee, is photographed on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (C), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, shakes the hand of Lakota people...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (C), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, shakes the hand of Lakota people during a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Paul Sideman (L) stands with a trickle of blood on his arm after a flesh taking ceremony while Brad Upton...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Paul Sideman (L) stands with a trickle of blood on his arm after a flesh taking ceremony while Brad Upton (C), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, shakes the hand of Lakota people during a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (C), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, shakes the hand of a Lakota...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (C), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, shakes the hand of a Lakota woman before a meeting on the Cheyenne River reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, November 6, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. Picture taken November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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November 08, 2019
Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, looks at photos of Lakota ancestors...
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A descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre travels to Cheyenne River reservation to formerly...
Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, looks at photos of Lakota ancestors on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, November 7, 2019. Upton traveled to the reservation to apologize for the actions of his great grandfather who was the commander of the massacre that happened in 1890. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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