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Lionel Red Dog one of Thomas Kings characters in his novel Green GrassRunning Water was an employee of the government He worked in Indian Affairsand his job took him all over North America It was in South Dakota that Lionel hadhis last assignmentLionel was sent to Utah to deliver a speech on The History of CulturalPluralism in Canadas Boarding Schools While there he runs into a band of nativesthat coheres him into going to Wounded Knee for a peaceful rally Along the way thevehicle that Lionel is riding in is pulled over by the police He steps from the car andtrips over a gun that was lying in the back Hit by a policewoman he is taken to jailand while there he loses his jobThis in a way is very similar to what happened to AIM American IndianMovement some years back The natives were upset about the Governments neglectof treaties and grants The natives held a peaceful rally in a town then they all packedup and moved it to Wounded Knee Wounded Knee was the sight of a terrible massacre in the late 1800s TheNatives were traveling to a neighboring camp when soldiers came upon them andcaptured the natives The natives were asked to give up all weapons and amisunderstanding led the soldiers to believe there was a resistance The soldiersopened fire on the Natives and over three quarters of the natives were killedThere at Wounded Knee The natives set up road blocks meant to keeptourists out They did this so that the government would take notice of their plight But things went horribly wrong The FBI intervened and set up their own roadblocks They stopped all traffic and it soon became a stand off The natives wereconfused that such an action should be taken and many left Of those who stayed allwere members of AIMThe FBI claimed that the AIM members were holding hostages even thoughthe hostages told the FBI that they stayed because
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