|EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT
MARCH FOR JUSTICE
RED DAWN here. I just wanted to thank everyone who sent all the prayers and spiritual support for me and my friend John Old Horse for our trip to Whiteclay,NE and Pine Ridge, SD. We had some interesting developments that occured while we were there. There were approximately 1500 people who marched. The way things happened are not as bad as the news reports state happened. Remember, my kolas, I was there. The American Indian Movement is not fully responsible for what happened. I can tell you from a eyewitness account, that those reported incidents were started from a people who were continously oppressed. People who are fed up with how they are being treated in that town, and just did not want to take it any more. That was how they vented their anger.
I must further add that the rally inside Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge was the most rewarding experience of my life. The sense of brotherhood and friendship was throughout the hall. It was definately a good day to be Indigenous. There was speeches and testimonials about the incidents. The niece of Wilson "Wally" Black Elk was so overcome with emotion, that she could not speak. She was actually the last person to see him the day he disappeared.
We marched to the spot where their shattered, broken bodies were discovered. The area is in a ravine and the grass is thigh high. I must say that the grass where they have lain has died. It is not as green as the grass around it is. That is Tunkasila's way of saying something has happened there that was not natural and that it was bad. I felt too sad to stay there. I said a little prayer for the men, and their families. I could not post any information until today. I have no pc at my home. I have to wait until I get to work in order to post anything. I'm a poor Anishinabe/Meskwaki woman and have to rely on my place of employment to read my emails and news from this bulletin. I will type up my friends' statement from the Rocky Mountain news or maybe ya'll can look it up at the Rocky Mountain News website. The article appears in todays Rocky. He and I did a radio interview on KUVO 98.3 radio in Denver on the Sunday that we returned. Call or email KUVO in Denver, if they have transcripts of the interview email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Suzanne Aikman at 303-447-8442. He will be on KBCO tomorrow morning at 8:00am MDT commenting on the incident in Whiteclay and Pine Ridge. We will go to Whiteclay for the meetings on Saturday July 3, 1999. The governor has been requested to be there (as ya'll have read) and we will be there to support this issue.
Please keep sending the http:// sites that contain the news articles from the Omaha, Lincoln, and other rags so I could keep informed of this issue.
Mi-gwetch aineens RED DAWN in Denver
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