• Short Summary

    The two hundred militant Sioux Indians who seized the prairie town of Wounded Knee on Tuesday (27 Feb) won the first round of their fight for a better deal on Thursday (1 March), when Senator George McGovern agreed to fly in to talk things over with them.

  • Description

    The two hundred militant Sioux Indians who seized the prairie town of Wounded Knee on Tuesday (27 Feb) won the first round of their fight for a better deal on Thursday (1 March), when Senator George McGovern agreed to fly in to talk things over with them.

    Not long after the Democratic Candidate in last November's Presidential elections arrived by helicopter, the Indians freed the eleven hostages they had been holding since they first seized the little town on the Pine Springs Indian Reservation.

    The hostages were held by the militant members of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) until late on Thursday, and when they were freed, some of them volunteered to stay and help the Indians campaign for an end to racial and job discrimination.

    The hostages who did leave Wounded Knee said they had been well treated. They said that when they had been taken prisoners by the Indians, they were moved to the Catholic Church. which had become the headquarters of the A.I.M. while the Indians looted and ransacked the local trading post.

    SYNOPSIS: Sioux Indian still held control of the South Dakota prairie town of Wounded Knee on Thursday, and they made it clear that they wouldn't let it go until they got what they wanted. They moved in on Tuesday night, raided and looted the trading post, captured its owners, and set up a sort of headquarters in the town's only Catholic Church.

    Early on Friday, the militant Indians released the eleven hostages when things started to go their way. South Dakota Senators George McGovern and James Abourezk arrived in reply to their demands to talk over their problems and demands over racial and job discrimination.

    When Senator McGovern flew into the reservation, he was met by South Dakota officials and driven to the local 'demilitarized zone', a teepee in a neutral area of the reservation. He spoke with several of the Indians, but by the end of their talks, he didn't say what terms had been discussed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA12MP576BHDZ8GV8QHYS4BBMKC
    Media URN:
    VLVA12MP576BHDZ8GV8QHYS4BBMKC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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