The History Center Museum Hours
- 4 - 8 p.m.
- All Ages
Occupied Wounded Knee 1973
Occupied Wounded Knee 1973 will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota and the trials that followed. The occupation was a part of a protest that followed accusations of corruption and abuse of power on the Pine Ridge Reservation and a request to re-open treaty negotiations with the U.S. government. The decision to occupy the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre drew hundreds of Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) to the siege, The United States Marshals Service, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies controlled the area and exchanged gunfire with the activists. Deaths occurred on both sides of the conflict and the subsequent violence and series of trials of AIM members continued for several years after the occupation. This exhibition will explore the connections to Linn County, Iowa through the trials of AIM members and the role Cedar Rapids played in the outcome of negotiations between indigenous people and the U.S. government.
Occupied Wounded Knee 1973 is brought to you, in part, by a generous contribution from
Fred Pilcher and Janet Manatt Pilcher, and from an anonymous donor.