Wounded Knee Occupation News Report (1973)

This is a news report about the American Indian Movement and the occupation of Wounded Knee. The Pine Ridge Reservation had been in horrible condition and the Native Americans have long faced racial discrimination. Russel Means appears at the end of the clip citing the corruption of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the need to hold the federal government accountable. Broken treaties, forced removals, and genocide were just a few examples of the brutality that American Indians faced. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and black liberation, the American Indian Movement ought racial and social justice. Today, there are new issues that are happening with the Dakota Pipeline and environmental racism. It seems that the movement never died, but was in a stasis. There could be with recent events a new and resurrected American Indian Movement.


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