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Native History: AIM Occupation of Wounded Knee Begins


Robert Onco with his AK47 during the occupation of Wounded Knee, 1973.

Wounded Knee is hailed as one of AIM’s greatest successes

This Date in Native History: On February 27, 1973, about 250 Sioux Indians led by members of the American Indian Movement converged on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, launching the famous 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee.

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Video: Liberation Day 2016 – Wounded Knee

Posted to Vimeo by  Unicorn Riot, Feb 29, 2016

Healing Continues 125 Years After Wounded Knee Massacre

Wounded Knee chief bigfoot

Chief Big Foot (Spotted Elk) lies lifeless in the snow near Wounded Knee Creek following the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890. One hundred and twenty-five years following the Wounded Knee Massacre of December 29, 1890, indigenous peoples continue to heal.

Sarah Sunshine Manning, Indian Country Today, Dec 28, 2015

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Wounded Knee massacre. On December 29, 1890, as many as 300 innocent and unarmed Lakota men, women, children, infants, and elders were gunned down by the United States 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. After the bloodshed, Chief Big Foot (Spotted Elk) and his band lie dead in the snow where they remained frozen for three days, until all were buried in a mass grave.

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100 Gun Salute @ Liberation Day 2015

Posted to Youtube by DAM Collective on Mar 3, 2015

In remembrance of the siege of ’73, Lakota warriors fire their weapons at the site of Wounded Knee, in salute of those who were there. We remember those who fought and those who lost their lives.

Gunfire, Drumming & Singing Mark Wounded Knee 40 Year Anniversary

by Kristi Eaton, Associated Press, Feb 28, 2013

Armed participants at the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee.

Armed participants at the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee.

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. — A Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident who found herself in the middle of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation said Wednesday amid ceremonial gunfire and chants that little has changed since the fatal standoff. Read the rest of this entry