We Shall Remain: American Experience: Wounded Knee

We Shall Remain: American Experience: Wounded Knee

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 7:00pm

On the night of February 27, 1973, 54 cars rolled, horns blaring, into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists had seized the few major buildings in town and police had cordoned off the area. Demanding redress for grievances - some going back more than 100 years - the protesters captured the world's attention for 71 gripping days.

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Wounded Knee tells the gripping story of the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee

During the 1973 occupation of the Wounded Knee Reservation, urbanized Indians from across the country flocked to Wounded Knee. This documentary examines the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the 1960s. For 71 days, activists engaged in a standoff with the U.S. government, bringing the nation's attention to the desperate conditions on Indian reservations. Perhaps even more important, the siege united Native people across tribes, creating a pan-Indian identity and a new path into the future. 

We Shall Remain: American Experience: Wounded Knee, airs Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

This groundbreaking mini-series establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective. Benjamin Bratt narrates.

This program is offered with Descriptive Video (DVI), which provides concise descriptions of the sets, scenery, costumes, action, and other important visual elements between the dialogue of the program.

In honor of Native American History Month, WXXI-TV and Radio will broadcast a variety of programs featuring the men and women who shaped the Native American experience.