Today in 1973: Hundreds of Oglala Lakota Sioux and members of the American Indian Movement occupy the village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Angered over a long history of violated treaties, mistreatment, family dismemberment, cultural destruction, discrimination, and impoverishment, they demand the U.S. live up to the terms of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.
That treaty recognized the Sioux as an independent nation in the western half of South Dakota. Wounded Knee was chosen because of the 1890 massacre of several hundred men, women and children by U.S. troops. The 1973 occupation lasted until May.
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“Tonight, the film “A Powerful Noise” will be shown. A discussion with campus and community panelists follows the film. This is from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Sterling Auditorium, 475 Charter Street. Sponsored by Madison WILPF and UW Women’s Studies Consortium. More info at 244-6595.
Tonight, a Community Environmental Forum series begins, to explore innovations and issues of waste management in communities across Wisconsin, and in some of our largest institutions: university campuses. Tonight is “Innovative Public Partnerships in Waste Reduction.” Free and open to the public, this is from 5:30 to 7:00pm, in Room 1163 Mechanical Engineering, at 1513 University Avenue. For more info, call Molly at 265-6712 or email email@example.com.