Alcatraz => Wounded Knee => Standing Rock => Yellowstone?
Transitioning from Defense of Mother Earth to Legal Offense
Fifty years ago this week, "a new generation of warriors slipped into the town of Wounded Knee under cover of darkness for what became a 71-day occupation that AIM leaders called a 'liberation." At a commemoration of that historic event, at the same sight where hundreds of Lakota people were slaughtered by U.S. soldiers in 1890, the son of the late AIM leader Carter Camp, who led the first wave of warriors into Wounded Knee, told the crowd gathered at the memorial: “Today, we are still here,”
Russell Means’ grandson, musician Naca Charging Crow, Oglala, added:
“The fight is not over. The fight continues to this day, and I think it will continue for the rest of our lives, generation through generation... We continue to do our daily battles with the government, with everyday life,” he said. “The system is basically set up for us to fail as Indigenous people, and we continue to fight to prove them wrong.”
Just like the Lakota, against all odds, the Yellowstone Buffalo are still here. And the broken management plan is basically set up for the Tribes to take the fall for the State of Montana's intolerance of wild bison on federal lands. And just like then, it's time for the Tribes to rise up, to make a stand for the sacred Buffalo.
Only this time, the law is on their side. This time, the Tribes are on offense. More to come, but suffice it to say we are living in historical times. The traditional ecological knowledge and wisdom of Indigenous peoples everywhere is being centered and elevated in meeting the crises of capitalism, and BFC is doing its part to advance their cause.
For the full story of the 50 year memorial, please follow this link to Stewart Huntington and Shirley Sneve's story in "Indian Country Today," who we thank for the quotes above: