With the township of Wounded Knee still in the hands of besieged American Indians, on Sunday (4 March) police were maintaining strict security around Pine Ridge, ten miles (16 kms) away.
With the township of Wounded Knee still in the hands of besieged American Indians, on Sunday (4 March) police were maintaining strict security around Pine Ridge, ten miles (16 kms) away. Police had set up road blocks around Pine Ridge Reservation and were searching cars entering the area - which is home to 12,000 people, headed by Dick Wilson, their elected president. He described the Indians who had seized Wounded Knee as "vagrants" who had no business there. He said he was ready to die if necessary to end the occupation.
More than two hundred armed American Indian militants last Tuesday took over Wounded Knee, the scene of an infamous massacre of 146 Indian men, women and children by U.S. soldiers 83 years ago.
At Wounded Knee on Sunday, leaders of the American Indian movement, AIM, and their lawyers had talks with U.S. district attorneys from the states of north and South Dakota. The talks were held in an Indian tepee (tent) on a ridge outside Wounded Knee. One result of the talks was that the Indians were given the chance of leaving the small town peacefully without being charged with any crime......pending consideration of the case by a Federal Grand Jury. Under the terms of the offer, the Indians would have to leave their weapons behind. These include rifles, ammunition and petrol bombs.
SYNOPSIS: In the United States police security around the occupied prairie town of Wounded Knee has been extended to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, ten miles away.
Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota is home to twelve thousand Indians ......many of them against those who had occupied the tiny town of Wounded Knee for a week.
There were fears on Sunday that Pine Ridge Indians may attempt to intervene at Wounded Knee and police weren't taking chances. At roadblocks, they stopped vehicles and searched the occupants.
Meanwhile at Wounded Knee, the siege continued despite negotiations aimed at ending the occupation.
Under an offer made on Sunday, the occupying Indians would have to abandon their small arsenal and leave town peacefully.
The offer was made in an Indian tapes set up on a ridge just outside the town. The Indians were promised they would not be charged with any crime under state law if they left peacefully. They would, however, be subject to Federal investigation.