The Minneapolis rally Monday against the FBI’s search and seizure raids of six local peace activists last week was joined by two Anishinabe members of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Clyde Bellecourt and Bill Means compared the current FBI action with past FBI infringements against the Native Americans. They spoke of the long trial that followed the FBI raid on Wounded Knee in 1973. Bellecourt and Means appeared in solidarity with the current FBI targets, but warned of a possible long road ahead.
Wounded Knee was the site an 1890 massacre of Lakota Indians by the U.S. Army. The 1973 FBI assault was a result of AIM joining the Lakota in a final stand for Indian rights at the Pine Ridge Reservation.