From February 27, 1973 to May 8, 1973, American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders, organizers, and supporters joined forces with Oglala Sioux and seized control of Wounded Knee, on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The occupation, led mainly by Russell Means and Carter Camp, was executed to protest the corrupt governance of Dick Wilson over Pine Ridge Reservation, and to urge the U.S. government to launch an investigation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the living conditions at Pine Ridge Reservation, and the federal government's failure to comply with historic Indian treaties. Both sides were armed, and both sides suffered fatalities.
On March 29, 1973, KPFA suspended all regularly-scheduled programming to bring a series of historical programs, interviews, and live reports from the field to tell the story of what led to this occupation, as well as the latest news from the front.
BC1292.01 - The road to Wounded Knee I: conditions at Pine Ridge (Part 1 of 5)
BC1292.02 - The road to Wounded Knee II: chronology of events at Wounded Knee (Part 2 of 5)
BC1292.03 - The road to Wounded Knee III: history and philosophy of AIM / Carter Camp (Part 3 of 5)
BC1292.04 - The road to Wounded Knee IV: an interview with Crow Dog (Part 4 of 5)
BC1292.05 - The road to Wounded Knee V: an interview with Tom Cook (Part 5 of 5)