Video: Wounded Knee`73
Forced Sterilizations, Racist Terror, and the Native American Uprising of 1972-1973
by Steven Argue http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013…
Music by Redbone
Today In Native American History
Text from Native Sun News, Feb 27, 2015
On February 27, 1973, the Occupation of Wounded Knee began as a protest against the perceived corruption by Oglala Sioux Tribal President Dick Wilson.
Over 200 Lakotas and AIM leaders chose the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 to make their stand and bring national and international attention to the abuse and disorder happening within reservation boundaries and the lack of honoring of the original treaties by the U.S. government.
Despite the efforts of this 71 day occupation, Wilson stayed in office and in 1974 was re-elected amid charges of intimidation, voter fraud, and other abuses.
The rate of violence climbed on the reservation as conflict opened between political factions; residents accused Wilson’s private militia, Guardians of the Oglala Nation (GOONs), for the violence.
More than 60 opponents of the tribal government died violently during those years, including Pedro Bissonette, director of the Oglala Sioux Civil Rights Organization (OSCRO).
“Wounded Knee ’73” has since become a symbol for resistance and standing up for indigenous rights internationally.