• Short Summary

    The militant United States Indians occupying Wounded Knee in South Dakota held a meeting on Thursday. (6 March) and threatened to break off their shaky ceasefire with the Federal Forces unless there was some immediate action on their demands.

  • Description

    The militant United States Indians occupying Wounded Knee in South Dakota held a meeting on Thursday. (6 March) and threatened to break off their shaky ceasefire with the Federal Forces unless there was some immediate action on their demands.

    The Indians - under the chairmanship of their lawyer Ramon (correct) Raubidoux - called for the immediate removal from office of Richard Wilson, the man elected president of the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. They accused him of mishandling their affairs, and of being a puppet of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    The 200 armed Indians have issued few other statements. They said they would stand firm and refuse to surrender and would meet violence with violence if the need arose.

    The Federal authorities also toughened up. They tightened their blockade of Wounded Knee by moving mobile offices to each of their checkpoints. They said they would not negotiate with the Indians while they were armed.

    A leader of the militant American Indian Movement (AIM) Dennis Banks, told a meeting in the town's Community Hall that they would not lay down their arms until the Federal Authorities had laid down theirs.

    THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE SPEECH MADE BY DENNIS BANKS, AND INCLUDED IN THIS FILM.

    SYNOPSIS: As the siege of Wounded Knee continues, so does the threat of violence. The militant Indians who've taken over Wounded knee until their demands are met, went into the Pine Ridge settlement on Tuesday to ask for support. Even as Federal Authorities studied their list of demands, they said they would never surrender unless they got exactly what they asked for. They've already had pledges of support from other Sioux Indians on the reservation.

    But, just as the Indians hardened their position, so did the Federal authorities. They tightened their blockade on the town and set up mobile offices at each checkpoint.

    The Indian residents were called to a meeting on Tuesday and told that the war was just beginning. A.I.M. leader, Dennis Banks, called for the removal of reservation chairman. Richard Wilson, who, he said, was mishandling their affairs. The residents were told they were safe as long as they stayed.

    The Indians refuse to put down their guns, and now say they'll fight to the end, if that's the way it must be.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8KW0K7STT9RJK2KQDU43G1NH4
    Media URN:
    VLVA8KW0K7STT9RJK2KQDU43G1NH4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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