Words of wisdom from the survivors of the Seige of Wounded Knee


Left to right: Carter Camp, Russell Means, Alex White Plume, Floyd Hand, Alfred Bone Shirt & Vic Camp

Richard Two Elk, a former AIM member, was not interviewed for the film partly because of his first-hand account of the Robinson shooting.
“I witnessed the incident when Robinson was shot in the leg and carried away after an argument with some of the leaders.
Carter Camp knows that Robinson died after bleeding to death and he has lied about even meeting him.”
Camp, an AIM leader who appears in the film, defends his actions as an instigator of several gun battles during the occupation. Two Elk laments that PBS now appears to be a part of the effort to cover up the Robinson murder in order to “glorify” AIM leaders. “AIM hijacked the legacy of Wounded Knee and exploited it for their own gain.
They cashed in and left their fellow Indians behind, homeless and destitute.
That should have been part of the story.
Now it appears that PBS has helped them/AIM get away with it.
Another fact not mentioned in the film is that most of the invaders were from outside the reservation.
They were not local people with local grievances.”


I must not forget I am an Indian as well as you who are
Indian AIM leaders, followers, supporters, sympathizers. I
too have shared the Chippewa heritage, but that I shall share
with all, whether white or red or of other lineage or color
or creed.
Tragic it is when a man will stoop to using his own fellow
men, his neighbor’s property and personal accomplishments,
to gain and promote his own personal aims. Especially
demeaning to his own intelligence is it when he sets to his
own thing with a lack of mental and physical ability. In_that
case, he lowers himself and his supporters to the gutters
of the less than human.
As the Oglalas term it:
He wicasa sni yelo!
That fellow is no man at all!

In the destruction that has come upon our village, those
who executed the plan, those who threw themselves into
their following in any way cannot be stripped of their
responsibility for the grave violation of personal, family, and
community rights as human persons, as citizens of the United
States, and as tribal members of native populations.
We for our part felt conscious of our duty to serve our
people and our neighbors, all of whom are Indian except
about five percent. Tourists over the years grew in their
desire to know and share their lives with our Indian people.
To deal with that desire worthily, we concerned ourselves
with their persons and members of their families unable
to come to our people to see and visit them. We wished to
serve this broad interest through various means. Indian
clerks and guides were always available. The grounds were
left always in their natural state. Only foot trails crossed
the coulee where once many men, women and children died
in a dreadful crossfire.
The tragedy of today is the irony in defacing and
desecrating these hallowed grounds in the name of self determination!
Structures dedicated to the memory and
teaching of the Sioux experience, and to educating in the
ways of sharing with the American public the fruits of handiwork
stamped with authentic Siouan values, were demolished
with no evident attempt to check so aimless and pointless
a pursuit.

Wilbur A. Riegert (1973-1974 before his death, and after the Seige at Wounded Knee 1973)

Does that sound like a man who stayed during the Seige of Wounded Knee to protect AIM….absolutely not!!!!

About Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree

Tetuwan Lakota scholar, educator, historian, Sun Dance participant, Cannunpa carrier, cultural & spiritual preservationist, journalist-writer and fraud investigator.
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