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On Feb. 24, 1976, a rancher in South Dakota was installing a fence on land situated along the edge of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation when he spotted a body at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment. The badly decomposed corpse, in jeans and a maroon ski jacket, lay with knees pushed up toward chest. A coroner later determined that the woman had been dead for more than two months. The back of her head was matted with blood, and there was a single bullet wound at the base of her skull. She had been shot at close range.
From the NYTs.
Over a dissent, I might add. Here is the opinion in In re Stoneroad:
From the NYTs:
Harlington Wood Jr., a federal judge and former Justice Department official who was the government’s chief negotiator during the standoff with American Indian militants in South Dakota that became known as the siege of Wounded Knee, died Dec. 29 in Petersburg, Ill., near Springfield. He was 88.
The cause was complications of a stroke he had in 2002, said his wife, Cathryn.
It was in 1973 that Mr. Wood, then assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, found himself in the middle of a government face-off against a small band of its own citizens.
On Feb. 27, about 200 armed Indians, Oglala Sioux from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and members of an activist group, the American Indian Movement, took over the reservation hamlet of Wounded Knee, the site of a massacre in 1890 of 300 Sioux by American soldiers. Their idea was to draw attention to what they said was government mistreatment of Indians, corruption in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal government complicity in discrimination.
United States marshals and American troops surrounded the town, and for 10 weeks the two sides traded sporadic fire. Two occupying Indians were killed.
On March 13, Mr. Wood became the first government official to enter Wounded Knee without a military escort. He met with the dissident leaders for two hours and pledged to return with a government proposal for a peace agreement. Five days later, after a trip to Washington, he did, bringing a proposal that was spurned by the occupying Indians and symbolically burned in front of reporters.
That was his last attempt at a negotiation. He became ill shortly afterward — “He used to say he came down with the Sioux flu,” his wife said — and his role was taken up by others. But he was often given credit as the icebreaker; his wedge into the intractable hostilities led to the agreement to end the occupation, which was signed May 6.
Interesting program hosted by MSU students, featuring Joseph and John Trimbauch, and Tim Giago. Commentary about Wounded Knee, “Incident at Oglala,” Leonard Peltier, Russell Means, and others. April 23 at the Kellogg Center.
The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a new changing exhibition entitled, HANTA PO – All of You Out of My Way, Dick Bancroft – A Photographic Retrospective of the American Indian Movement, 1968-2006. Dick Bancroft, a world-renowned photographer, will offer his insight into this remarkable collection of black & white and color images at the exhibit’s grand opening ceremony to be held Saturday, January 26 at 12pm.