On Thursday, December 29th, 2011 was the 121st anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre. On December 29th, 1890, the U.S. ARMY massacred approximately 350 women, men and children at a Dakota reservation.
El 29 de diciembre de 1890, soldados de USA rodearon un campamento Lakota y masacraron a aproximadamente 350 mujeres, hombres y niños. El Jueves, 29 de Diciembre del 2011 fue el 121 aniversario de la masacre de Wounded Knee.
History of the Wounded Knee Massacre:
“The Sand Creek Massacre and the Washita Massacre both led to the Wounded Knee Massacre. The Sand Creek Massacre brought the realization that “the soldiers were destroying everything Cheyenne – the land, the buffalo, and the people themselves,” and the Washita Massacre added even more genocidal evidence to those facts. The Sand Creek Massacre caused the Cheyenne to put away their old grievances with the Sioux and join them in defending their lives against the U.S. extermination policy.”_Winter Rabbit – Daily Kos
According to the organizers, they were taking action on this day, on the 121st anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee, in order to initiate an open dialogue with indigenous Americans, to raise local and national awareness of ongoing Native struggles, and to recognize that the injustices and inequalities we all currently confront are the bricks and mortar of conquest and settler colonialism. Conditions of capitalist exploitation are predicated upon the acquisition of territory and the dispossession and dehumanization of indigenous peoples. The American political economy of greed is forever implicated in settler nationalism.
Standing as allies with indigenous Americans, we seek to un-settle our consciousness.
Un-settling “occupation” calls us to remain cognizant that our movement unfolds on land seized by force, and compels us to take action in support of indigenous peoples—peoples for whom occupation has not been a choice, but a lived experience of oppression.
As a movement striving to voice the experiences of the 99%, we must make space for those most marginalized by the mechanisms of settler colonialism: the original inhabitants of the land. Dismantling the rhetoric of colonialism enables us to subvert imperialist structures of power. By listening to indigenous perspectives on “occupation,” we move closer to creating a safe space for indigenous peoples to connect to the movement, and finding roads down which indigenous and non-indigenous collaborators can walk together, fight together, and engage in transformative intellectual, emotional, and direct action exchanges.
Participants were, Janice Richards, Oglala Lakota, Activist and Educator Jake Little, Oglala Lakota, Activist and Educator Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota, Activist, Artist, Host of First Voices Radio Firewolf Nelson-Wong, Diné, AIM Member and Activist Demelza Champagne, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Activist and Scholar Members of AMERINDA: American Indian Artists, Inc. Gloria Miguel, Kuna, performed excerpts from her one-woman play, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”
These are some of the photos I took: