The occupation of Wounded Knee begins

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The occupation of Wounded Knee begins

Postby admin » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:15 pm

On this day — February 27, 1973
The occupation of Wounded Knee begins
Sparked by a combination of tribal corruption and the US government's mishandling of treaties, members of the American Indian Movement, and about 200 Oglala Lakota seize and occupy Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Law enforcement agencies will cordon off the area, and the occupation will last until May.

The Wounded Knee incident began on February 27, 1973, when approximately 200 Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The protest followed the failure of an effort of the Oglala Sioux Civil Rights Organization to impeach tribal president Richard Wilson, whom they accused of corruption and abuse of opponents. Additionally, protesters criticized the United States government's failure to fulfill treaties with Native American people and demanded the reopening of treaty negotiations.

Start date: Feb 27, 1973
End date: May 08, 1973
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