Brown Bag Film
July 13 @ 12:15 pm - 1:35 pm
A series showcasing documentaries on American history
We Shall Remain: Part 5 – Wounded Knee
On the night of February 27, 1973, 54 cars rolled, horns blaring, into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists had seized the few major buildings in town and police had cordoned off the area. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances — some going back more than 100 years — the protesters captured the world’s attention for 71 gripping days. With heavily armed federal troops tightening a cordon around meagerly supplied, cold, hungry Indians, the event invited media comparisons with the massacre of Indian men, women and children at Wounded Knee almost a century earlier. In telling the story of this iconic moment, the final episode of WE SHALL REMAIN examines the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of AIM in the late 1960s, as well as the immediate events — a murder and an apparent miscarriage of justice — that triggered the takeover. Though the federal government failed to make good on many of the promises that ended the siege, the event succeeded in bringing the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life to the nation’s attention. Perhaps even more important, it proved that despite centuries of encroachment, warfare and neglect, Indians remained a vital force in the life of America.
The MMA’s Brown Bag series will offer films related to The North American Indian on 2nd and 4th Thursdays during the run of the exhibition. Additional special screenings may be scheduled through run of exhibition. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be provided during each show. Film admission is free. Paid admission is required to visit Museum galleries.
Underwritten by MMA Education Partner