reply to post by nenothtu
But you're wrong! The 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee is absolutely
comparable to the Wall Street occupation! Are you familiar with the details
of what happened to Spotted Elk (aka Chief Bigfoot) and his band of Miniconjou and Hunkpapa Sioux at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890? When talking
about the 1973 occupation of The Knee, it is important to understand what happened in 1890. The group of about 200 Lakota Sioux and the members of AIM
who were involved in the 1973 occupation, specifically chose Wounded Knee because of the symbolism of the location. If you’re not sure of the
details of the 1890 Massacre, here is a refresher: www.eyewitnesstohistory.com...
As for you saying the Wounded Knee protesters were “occupying their own land”…..well, that’s kind of a joke. First of all, “their own
land” consists of the Black Hills and the surrounding plains, not the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which they were forced onto by the United
States Government after the U.S Government had nearly wiped them out, and which consists of the crappiest piece of land in the entire Northern Plains.
Do not even get me started on the breaking of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty!
Second of all, before the U.S. government came poking around wanting
to “buy” their land, the Sioux had never even conceived of the notion of land ownership. Their belief was that the land was a gift from the Great
Spirit for all creatures to share and benefit from, not a possession to be bought and sold.
While I am in no way implying that the current situation in the broader U.S. is even the tiniest bit close to the appalling conditions on Pine Ridge
in 1973 or today (at least not yet!), the basic parallels between the current Wall Street occupation protest and the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation
protest are undeniable.
The 1973 Wounded Knee occupation protest by the group of Lakota and members of AIM was born out of the frustration of years of deplorable living
conditions on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and as a reaction to the blatant and astonshing corruption of then tribal president Dick Wilson and
his thuggish phalanx of “enforcers” known as GOON’s. The Wounded Knee protesters chose the location for their occupation based on the strong
historical and ideological symbolism of the place. They were protesting the practice of widespread nepotism and cronyism in tribal government. They
were protesting the appalling living conditions on Pine Ridge which were a result of the worsening economical crisis there (and which, by the way is
even worse now than in 1973 -- current unemployment rate hovers around 85%). They were angry that the United States Government had broken every single
treaty with the Sioux people and they wanted the U.S.Government to address the broken treaties and start renegotiating them.
The current Occupy Wall Street movement was born out of frustration with the widening gap between the extremely wealthy and the extremely poor. They
are protesting the deliberate destruction of the middle class in our country by the extremely wealthy elite. The OWS protesters chose Wall Street as
the target and the location of their occupation because the institution of Wall Street is the symbolic heart of the financial and banking industry
that OWS believes is at the center of our current economical crisis. OWS is protesting the corruption, greed, and cronyism of the corporate investment
and banking industries and the politicians in Washington who are owned and manipulated by the corporations.OWS is protesting the unacceptable job
situation we are currently facing.They are angry with the U.S government because the taxpayers were promised that the massive bailouts of the
too-big-to-fail corporations would create jobs and fix the economy for everyone. It didn't work and we need a solution that will work.
I am not implying that the economic and societal crisis we are currently facing in the broader U.S is in any way as grave or violent as the conditions
on Pine Ridge in 1973, but the basic dynamics and fundamentals of the two protests are absolutely similar.
I'm close friends with several Sioux people and I am very well aware of how they perceive their own history (I lived about 45 minutes outside of Pine
Ridge for about 5 years). Therefore, I would never ever
compare the occupation of Wounded Knee with the current Wall Street occupation if I
thought my Sioux friends would find it offensive or disrespectful. As a matter of fact, I'm quite sure my friend Charlie and his dad would find my
comparison between the two protests to be valid, somewhat ironic, and maybe even amusing.
I'm done now. Oh, I totally forgot to mention the occupation of the BIA offices in Washington, DC in November 1972! I think I’ll save my rant about
that and about the Alcatraz Island occupation for another day.
edit on 17-11-2011 by dalloway because: (no reason given)