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Lionel Red Dog one of Thomas Kings characters in his novel Green Grass Running Water was an employee of the government He worked in Indian Affairs and his job took him all over North America It was in South Dakota that Lionel had his last assignment Lionel was sent to Utah to deliver a speech on The History of Cultural Pluralism in Canadas Boarding Schools While there he runs into a band of natives that coheres him into going to Wounded Knee for a peaceful rally Along the way the vehicle that Lionel is riding in is pulled over by the police He steps from the car and trips over a gun that was lying in the back Hit by a policewoman he is taken to jail and while there he loses his job This in a way is very similar to what happened to AIM American Indian Movement some years back The natives were upset about the Governments neglect of treaties and grants The natives held a peaceful rally in a town then they all packed up and moved it to Wounded Knee Wounded Knee was the sight of a terrible massacre in the late 1800s The Natives were traveling to a neighboring camp when soldiers came upon them and captured the natives The natives were asked to give up all weapons and a misunderstanding led the soldiers to believe there was a resistance The soldiers opened fire on the Natives and over three quarters of the natives were killed There at Wounded Knee The natives set up road blocks meant to keep tourists 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 road blocks They stopped all traffic and it soon became a stand off The natives were confused that such an action
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