As the siege of the tiny prairie town of Wounded Knee continues, both the militant Indians and the Federal Authorities have given what they say is their final ultimatum.
LV Church on hill at Wounded Knee.
CU Firewood TILT UP to squatters with church in background.
SV Two Indians stand guard at sunset.
SV & SCU Supplies being unloaded.
SV & CU Marchers with placards. (5 shots)
SV Federal building sign with marchers in foreground.
Initials CH/VS 20.59 CH/VS 21.14
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Background: As the siege of the tiny prairie town of Wounded Knee continues, both the militant Indians and the Federal Authorities have given what they say is their final ultimatum.
On Wednesday (7 March), the Indians holding Wounded Knee called off their ceasefire, and warned that they'd shoot any Federal agents who came near their lines.
There was some shooting during the night but nobody was hurt.
The Indians had been running low on food too, but a supply was dropped to them by representatives of the National Council of Churches. The food was distributed quickly.
As the Indians come close to closing the door to new negotiations, they've been gaining support from other Indians outside Wounded Knee. At Cleveland, a march through the streets on Wednesday called for full support for the militants.
SYNOPSIS: The Catholic church at Wounded Knee in South Dakota is still the headquarters of the Indians who hold the town. The siege of the town was in its second week. Wednesday....and the Indians still waited.
On Wednesday night, the Indians lifted their ceasefire -- they put extra guards around their headquarters, and they said they were ready to fight. They were also low on food until supplies were airlifted in.
The Wounded Knee Indians still had no satisfaction from Federal Authorities but they gained support in Cleveland where Indians marched in support of their comrades. They said they wanted to go to Wounded Knee, but they couldn't. They marched to Cleveland's Federal Offices and said they supported everything the Wounded Knee Indians were doing.base