American Experience - Season 21, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes

Wounded Knee

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"Wounded Knee" makes judicious use of archival footage and new interviews to tell the gripping story of the Feb. 27, 1973 takeover of a small South Dakota town on the Pine Ridge Reservation by some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists, who hoped to use the incident to redress past and current wrongs (the Oglala were unhappy with tribal chairman Dick Wilson). AIM leaders Dennis Banks and Russell Means, who both took part in the 71-day occupation, are among those interviewed.

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