February 12, 1979 - This Was John Trudell's family (R). John was the Chairman of the American Indian Movement (1979). On that day he delivered a speech in front of the FBI headquarters at which time he burned the United States Flag. Less than 12 hours after his action, his family, Tina Manning - Trudell (Paiute - Shoshone) a Water Rights Activist, was killed along with her children & mother on the Duck Valley Reservation in Northern Nevada, in an Arson Attack. Her father survived. A VERY SAD DAY
Leonard Crow Dog's 1971 Sun Dance was one of the first held since 1890. For many it was the first time they could pray their own Nation's prayers. As a result he spent 27 months in solitary confinement. His father had protected him from American School's linguistic and religious genocide, and taught him the First Nation's Faith. First Nation religion only became legal in the United States in 1978.
AIM Oglala Sioux Indians observe the Department of Justice's decision to remove government forces from around Wounded Knee with a ceremonial peace pipe smoking, March 10, 1973. Pictured are AIM leaders Dennis Banks (in beret), Russell Means (with pipe) and Carter Camp. Photo credit: Associated Press