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James G. Abourezk, Wounded Knee 1973 Series

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Scope and Contents

The Wounded Knee, 1973 Series, consists of correspondence, interviews, photocopied and printed materials extending from 1972-1983. The bulk of the collection concerns the occupation of Wounded Knee, South   Dakota, in 1973 and the actions of the American Indian Movement and the U.S. government during the period of the occupation. Additional materials relate to the occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969 and the takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building, in Washington, 1972

Series Description

Correspondence: Box 1, Folder1-2
      Personal and general correspondence, organized chronologically.

Manuscripts: Box 1, Folder 3-16
      Draft and printed copies of Wounded Knee 1973 manuscripts, includes introduction and several chapters, also research sources.

Interviews: Box 1, Folder 17-29
      Original transcripts of interviews with AIM leaders and U.S. Government representatives, participants in the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation.
      Documents: Box 1, Folder 30-49, Box 2, Folder 1-35   
      FBI, U.S. Government, Department of Justice, U.S. Army documents including copies of exhibits, memorandums, and other items resulting from the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation. Maintained in original file order and subject headings.

Court Transcripts: Box 2, Folder 36-41, Box 4, Folder 1-13
      Copies of several volumes of trial transcripts from the trial of Dennis Banks vs. United   States and Russell Means vs. United States, 1974, Jan.8-Sept. 16. Copies of Court of Claims transcripts from the Innocent Victims of the Occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota hearing in May 1980. Includes testimonies, defendant brief, plaintiff finding of fact, commissioner's opinion, and master index. Bureau of Indian Affairs Occupation Hearing, Occupation of BIA, 1972, Dec. 4.

Print Materials: Box 4, Folder 14-22
      Printed copies of materials relating to Wounded Knee and the American Indian Movement.

Newspaper Clippings: Box 4, Folder 23-37   
      Copies of newspaper articles and clippings from 1972-1973, including South Dakota newspapers, national newspapers, and article chronologies from the New York Times and Lexis-Nexis.

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