[Boston, 1973. Broadside, 20 x 15 1/4 inches. Tear at left edge, repaired with tape. Tape at top of sheet from having been hung. Light soiling and wear. About very good. Lithographic poster advertising a rally at the University of Massachusetts in support of the Wounded Knee Incident, featuring Vernon Bellecourt, the national director of the American Indian Movement. Beneath the title is an image of two Native Americans, one mounted on a horse and the other crouching and holding a rifle. The American Indian Movement was a Native American advocacy group formed in the tumultuous year of 1968. Of note, they occupied the abandoned federal prison of Alcatraz from 1969 through 1971. In February 1973, a group of Oglala Lakota and followers from the AIM moved in to occupy the town of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The group was protesting the Oglala tribal president and his alleged corruption, as well as the failure of the United States government to make good on treaty obligations. The town of Wounded Knee was chosen for its obvious symbolism, and over the two and half months of occupation, two people were killed and over a dozen others wounded in the shooting. The rally, which took place on April 18, featured not only speeches by Vernon Bellecourt, but also Al Hallowell of the Boston Indian Council and Franklin Alexander of the National Committee to Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners; likewise, it features "films made at Wounded Knee during the present occupation." A blank box has been filled with typed information about sponsors of the event, among whom are the U. Mass Committee to Support Wounded Knee, the Committee on Poverty, the New American Movement, the Young Workers Liberation League, and others. Rare and ephemeral. (Inventory #: WRCAM51583)
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