Wounded Knee Incident
The American Indian Movement Occupies Wounded Knee

On February 27, 1973, approximately 200 Oglala Lakota and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, which is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The occupation was imp rotes of the failure of the Oglala Civil Rights Organization to impeach tribal president Richard Wilson, whom they believed was guilty of corruption and abuse of opponents. The occupiers also called out the United States government for its failure to fulfill its treaties with Indina people. The Oglala and AIM controlled Wounded Knee for 71 days while FBI and other law enforcement agents were in the area. Both sides were armed. Due to the damage to the houses in Wounded Knee, the community was not reoccupied until the 1990s. In this video, participants from both sides talk about what led up to the occupation as well as what took place during the 71 days.

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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