Category Archives: 5 – More Activism

DNA – Sasheen Littlefeather & Marlon Brando

An example of a Direct Nonviolent Action… (Many people’s reaction was also a good example of how people react to nonviolence and good points being made).
For 200 years we have said to the Indian people who are fighting for their land, their life, their families and their right to be free: ”Lay down your arms, my friends, and then we will remain together. Only if you lay down your arms, my friends, can we then talk of peace and come to an agreement which will be good for you.”
When they laid down their arms, we murdered them.
  [Read complete speech]

Marlon Brando’s Unfinished Oscar Speech, 1973, given by Sasheen Littlefeather on behalf of Marlon Brando, who wanted to decline the Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather. She said: “Marlon Brando … has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently—because of time—but I will be glad to share with the press afterward, that he… very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reason for this being… the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry… and on television in movie re-runs, and also the recent happenings at Wounded Knee. I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening and that… in the future…our hearts and our understanding will meet with love and generosity. Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando.”

American Indians Mourn Brando’s Death (Associated Press, 2004)

Wounded Knee Occupation 1973

On a winter day in 1973 a large group of American Indian men and women (incl. pregnant women) “reclaimed Wounded Knee in the name of the Lakota Nation. For the first time in many decades, those Oglala Sioux ruled themselves, free from government intervention, as is their ancient custom. This would become the basis for a TV movie, Lakota Woman the true story of Mary Moore Crowdog, and her experiences at the Wounded Knee occupation” (from siouxme.com). Check out our thread on Lakota Woman the autobiography.

Lakota Woman

Read an excerpt from Mary Brave Bird’s autobiography, Lakota Woman (1990; HarperPerennial 1991) and post here your comments.

The TP webpage for Mary Brave Bird 

See some information about the movie version of this book, which was produced by Jane Fonda: Lakota Woman. Siege at Wounded Knee (1994).

Wounded Knee Massacre 1890

Watch this YouTube video. It’s informative:

There’s a book: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (1970) by Dee Brown, which tells the history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century, and their displacement and slaughter by the United States federal government.

More info on our Wounded Knee Page above, which includes a list of all the threads her in connection to Wounded Knee.

The Spirit of Annie Mae

Annie Mae * Read about her and watch audiovisuals on this website. In case you missed it, listen to Buffy Sainte-Marie talking about her friend… Here is the song “Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee” where Annie Mae is mentioned.
Her murder is connected to some key words: AIM (American Indian Movement), Pine Ridge Reservation, Wounded Knee

* News from another blog on this case

I’m trying to order the movie, “The Spirit of Annie Mae“, a tribute to her life and activism…

Free Leonard Peltier Now!

2007
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
From his support blog: During the horrific early 1970’s Reign of Terror on the Lakota (Sioux) reservation at Pine Ridge South Dakota, an infamous time of violence and corruption existed. Complicit tribal officials hired local thugs known as ‘ GOONS –‘Guardians of the Oglala Nation’, who–with the blessing of the U.S. Government–carried out an unprovoked series of assaults on the traditional people on the Pine Ridge reservation. SD. Behind these attacks was Big Energy’s desire for uranium under Sioux lands, then being secretly negotiated between the U.S. government and compliant Tribal officials. Two FBI agents were killed on June 26, 1975 during a gun battle on The Jumping Bull Property. Leonard Peltier was falsely framed for the murder of the two FBI agents. So why is this story of Judicial Racism hidden from the public eye? Peltier has been behind prison bars for more than half of his life (he turned 63 this past September 2007). Petitions will be available at both performances appealing for Leonard’s release in his upcoming parole hearing. If Mr. Peltier is denied release at this hearing -he will not receive another opportunity for freedom until the 2017 parole hearing. His official release date is 2041.
Write Letters of Support to Leonard
First and foremost, let Mr. Peltier know that he is not forgotten. Leonard is currently imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. You can send cards and letters to: Leonard Peltier #89637-132 / USP-Lewisburg / US Penitentiary / PO Box 1000 / Lewisburg, PA  17837-1000.
The link in the comment below is a good one to learn it all about the case and how to help.
Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee” mentions Peltier. Read/Listen here.