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We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee

Airs Monday, May 11, 2009 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Protesters on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (We Shall Remain TV series)

This groundbreaking mini-series establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective. Benjamin Bratt narrates.

"Wounded Knee" - On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled, horns blaring, into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists had seized the few major buildings in town and police had cordoned off the area. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances—some going back more than 100 years— the protesters captured the world’s attention for 71 gripping days.

With heavily armed federal troops tightening a cordon around meagerly supplied, cold, hungry Indians, the event invited media comparisons with the massacre of Indian men, women, and children at Wounded Knee almost a century earlier. In telling the story of this iconic moment, the final episode of We Shall Remain will examine the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of AIM in the late 1960s as well as the immediate events—a murder and an apparent miscarriage of justice—that triggered the takeover.

Though the federal government failed to make good on many of the promises that ended the siege, the event succeeded in bringing the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life to the nation’s attention. Perhaps even more important, it proved that despite centuries of encroachment, warfare, and neglect, Indians remained a vital force in the life of America.

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Trailer: We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee

Above: This groundbreaking mini-series establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective. On the night of February 27, 1973, Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) protesters demanded redress for grievances, capturing the world’s attention for 71 gripping days.

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spiritualvision | May 12, 2009 at 12:16 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

I remember well the time of AIM rising to the occasion of American Indians having had enough of centuries of cruel and abusive treatment by the invaders from the Eastern Hemisphere. The unthinkable treatment by this new major community that claims they were creating a new society and government due to persecution from where they came from was beyond any imagination the native inhabitants would ever envision happening to themselves.

These Europeans arrived to the shores of a new land for themselves and found it already had residents that have lived here for many thousands of years. They showed no respect to the ancestors of American Indians. Out of a feeling of superiority and arrogance these invaders decided the native inhabitants, that have been here for many thousands of years, were not good enough to respect their native living styles and customs. They exercised the same disrespectful and cruel treatment to the natural inhabitants of the North American continent and committed widespread genocide.

Once the new government of the United States of America was in place, it just continued to grow and become larger in territory and stronger in power and force. This government continues to disrespect the American Indians and their natural ownership of this continent by the fact that "reservations" are still a legally confinded jurisdiction - according to who? - the United States government.

This land was the Indian's land and it was stolen from them. The airing this series of the American Experience does expose a glimpse of this horrible form of genocide of the native inhabitants that has been occurring over the centuries and it continues.

The unbalanced aspect of this series and especially the Wounded Knee segment makes the United States government appear as if they were peace makers with good intentions, when they were really using trickery to get the Indian occupation off their own land - again in 1973. Every inch of this continent from "Sea to Shining Sea" is in reality the land of the American Indians and even to this day the United States Government continues to control a land that does not belong to them. The United States government is in denial and needs to right a wrong and return this land of "Sea to Shining Sea" back to the natural decendants of the original ancestors of this land. Only returning this land to the American Indians will save the future of all people that live here now, especially now during these difficult economic times.

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