posted on Jul, 30 2012 @ 08:17 AM
I was 12 years old when Wounded Knee II happened and I remember quite a bit of it. It was a long drawn out hell, that began long before the military
descended onto the rez that year. It all began with Dick Wilson, trying to retain control over the Lakota people by stealing jobs, tribal funds,
creating on the spot laws, and a gang of thugs that killed people in the night and raped women and young girls. Dick Wilson was a tool of the govt,
doing their bidding. He was part Lakota but that man truly hated his own people and enjoyed his reign of terror. When the people were questioning the
mining of uranium on the land, babies born deformed, and women and men coming down with cancer left and right, it was Dick Wilson that held people off
by lying and bullying the people with his thugs.
I mean, really, Wounded Knee II was about getting that power out of Dick Wilson's hands as he was one of the most corrupt members in the tribal
chair. White people will write the history, but we lived it and know it because we were there. The AIM people did not even originate from the rez
itself, they brought the AIM to the rez to try and get people free of the thugs. The movement at first was a good one, and it brought a lot of power
back into the people's hands for a short time, but AIM also created a lot of trouble too, and the govt sent some infiltrators in and some agent
provocateurs. Just like any movement though, some of the AIM people were corrupt and sold out to the govt. It's a long story and too long to write
out here. As I said, many stories have been told but there is only one truth.
When Means, Banks, Crow Dog, and a whole nest of others got together and took over the church near Wounded Knee, was a message for Dick Wilson to
relinquish power or change what he was doing. There was no intention for people to be hurt. It was merely a protest. People tried to say they took
hostages, the pastor and his wife, but when media came in, the Pastor and his wife said they wanted to stay and support the movement. Of course, once
Dick Wilson called Washington and got the military to come and fight against the protestors, it was pretty much going to be over right then once they
came with their guns and set up shop. Not only did military come, so did all the infiltrators, pretending to be friends with the AIM or with families
on the rez. I think we fought them off pretty good. We held our ground for many weeks and got some demands met but unfortunately some had to die for
this to happen. They were warriors, willing to die for change. That's something many people in this country won't do. Die for a cause. We as a
people got some of our freedom back on our own land, however that did not last once the occupation was over. Once the Knee II was done, then the big
reign of terror for us came and so many people were killed and terrorized back into submissiveness, BY DICK WILSON'S thugs, not just the military or
feds out of WA.
I was a child during the reign of terror days and I recall my friend coming to our place crying because someone shot up her entire family late at
night, and didn't get her because she was off by the creek going to the bathroom. Old ones were killed in their beds, and what little they had was
stolen. Anyone that tried to fight against the uranium mining was killed. I know two women that was shot in their car after traveling to a mining site
late at night. I remember the days where my dad and mom huddled down at night, us kids in bed, lights off, and dad sitting by the front door with a
shot gun to protect whoever may come. And this was not just a one day ordeal like Ruby Ridge, this went on for a couple of years.
The good thing that the Knee II brought about though was that it gave the people power to fight back against the religious oppression. My parents
didn't send us to Catholic boarding school, but we know people who did and they were beaten for speaking the language even in the 60's. The Knee
gave us more religious freedom and we brought back the Ghost Dance, Inipi, and other ceremonies for the people. They brought awareness back in and
people started to learn the language.
We have a long way to go but we are still here and trying to do better and break cycles of domestic violence and find ways to empower our youth. The
people who died at the Knee II, did not die in vain. We try to do better because of them but like I said it's a long way to go.
I can't really compare the Knee to Ruby Ridge or Waco because it's not the exact same thing.