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February 27 1973 The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Leaders Russell Means (Oglala Sioux) and Carter Camp (Ponca), with 200 activists and the Lakota (Sioux) of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town for 71 days to protest government failures to honor treaties with Native Americans. Many supporters joined the protest. There was public sympathy for the occupation, as Americans were becoming more aware of injustice related to American Indians.