Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding

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The American Indian Movement, the FBI and their fight to bury the sins of the past. On the night of February 27, 1973, beat up cars carrying dozens of angry young men sped into Wounded Knee village. Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and local Lakotas had come to occupy the symbolic site on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where the army had massacred Chief Bog Foot and his people in 1890.

They would hold out against the firepower of the U.S. government for 71 days. By the time the occupiers left, the village had been destroyed, two were dead, one activist went missing and a U.S. marshall was left paralyzed. Thirty-nine years later, key figures from the movement, Russell Means, Clyde Bellecourt and Dennis Banks arrived as a history conference at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where the events and the meaning of the Wounded Knee occupation would be discussed. There to greet them were FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph Trimbach and his son John, ardent, life long critics of AIM. Never before had so many key occupation figures from the movement and the government been under the same roof at the same time. Accusations of murders and cover-ups began to fly from both sides and organizers had to beef up security. This would be no ordinary academic conference.


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Stew Magnuson
Publication Details:
Courtbridge Publishing (February 15, 2013)
Book Details:
Paperback, 168 pages