- Siege at Wounded Knee
by Mary Crow Dog (Lakota)
1. In what sense was the siege at Wounded Knee the "great symbolic
act" that almost never happened? Support your answer.
2. How would you describe the AIM caravan and protest approach? What
"weapons" do you think they were intending to use at Pine Ridge?
3. What was Wounded Knee like for the activists that held it? How
do you feel about what they were doing?
4. Imagine that you are the person that Mary Crow Dog says was on
the telephone yelling again and again, "We hold the Knee!" What is it
that you are feeling and essentially saying at this moment? Why?
In what ways do you think the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee ultimately
improved U.S. government relations with Native Americans? Offer examples.