AP Photo/Pool

AP Photo/Pool

On this day in 1973, approximately 200 Traditional Oglala Lakota led by Ojibwa Warrior Dennis Banks and the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized and occupied Wounded Knee — a village on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where in 1890 more than 300 Lakota women, children and men were massacred by the US Seventh Cavalry.

The 71 day occupation was a reclamation of Wounded Knee in the name of the Oglala Lakota Nation who’s demands included: 1) The removal of the tribal chairman, Richard Wilson, accused of abuse and corruption; 2) An investigation into the treaties between Native Nations and the United States of America, all of which had been broken by the United States; and 3) The return of “Paha Sapa” the Lakota Nation’s Sacred Black Hills.

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