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  •  They are magnificent beings (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Ahianne

    I want to say thanks and I do appreciate your comment but your video was difficult to watch. But really, thanks for posting it. It needed to be done.

    Plus to see the name "Custer" curdles my blood.

    Okay...

    I'm done.

    Seriously, thanks.

    I hope you'll look for us next Sunday.

    •  Yes, it is difficult to watch (2+ / 0-)
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      navajo, blueoasis

      All the more so in person, as I did. But my understanding is that it's for their own good. I don't know if that's actually true, but given that this was on government land, I'd like to believe that it was. Do you know otherwise? I was only there for a couple of hours, nearly 20 years ago.

      I also saw some of the bison that run free in Yellowstone the previous week. I don't recall seeing a more impressive animal this up close. They're at once both terrifying and gentle. You want to approach them but obviously you don't.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:19:15 PM PST

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    •  Also, if it's any consolation (2+ / 0-)
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      navajo, blueoasis

      A few days prior I paid a visit to the site of Custer's demise. He was not just a cruel and vain man. He was an idiot who put his men at unnecessary risk both morally and militarily. There was something fitting to his end, although it's hard not to feel a little pity for the men who pointlessly died for his vainglory.

      Of course, the warriors who killed them certainly didn't, understandably.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:22:54 PM PST

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    •  If it's any consolation Navajo... (2+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades, navajo

      I once burned down the Custer County Courthouse and the Custer Chamber of Commerce building. Actually not only me but a bunch of AIM and Lakota warriors protesting a murder were forced to fight in Custer. We won. :)

      You can see the battle in "We Shall Remain".

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:48:21 PM PST

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      •  I've seen it Carter, it's terrific (2+ / 0-)
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        We Shall Remain PBS header
        Wounded Knee PBS Still


        This is a excellent PBS doc (80 minutes) about the Wounded Knee take over on the Pine Ridge reservation in 1973, We Shall Remain, Wounded Knee, Episode 5.  It features Kossack cacamp, Carter Camp (one of the original AIM organizers; Military Action) throughout and gives an important history lesson about the people, AIM and the struggle that continues today to retain the culture.  (Our own Meteor Blades spent 51 of the 71 days of occupation inside with Carter Camp and the rest of AIM.)  It's great to see images of Carter as a young warrior and now an elder in his tribe.

        In 1973, American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indians across the country forged a new path into the future.
      •  I saw it several months ago (2+ / 0-)
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        navajo, cacamp

        Very difficult to watch. The injustice and indignity never seem to end.

        After the Custer bison roundup, I drove to Pine Ridge and Wounded Knee to pay my quiet respects, and stood near where the image below was taken.

        Also, in college, I was a reporter for the college paper, and I remember how I almost got to interview either Dennis Banks or Russell Means (I forgot which one, it was almost 30 years ago), who was in town for the day to give a talk, but for whatever reason it fell through. At the time, I'd never heard of either.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 09:47:26 AM PST

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