Social Mvmts: Indigenous Resistance

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Indigenous people are often depicted as historical footnotes, but it is important to remember that indigenous communities are alive and vibrant all over the world. As this board demonstrates, expressions and campaigns of Indigenous resistance to imperialism and oppression are also alive and well.

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Social Mvmts: Wounded Knee Revolt (1973)
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Social Mvmts: Wounded Knee Revolt (1973)

Two activists of the American Indian movement stand guard near Sacred Heart Church during the standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation, 1973.  Photo credit: PBS; this is a still image taken from the documentary film "Wounded Knee." — in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

Two activists of the American Indian movement stand guard near Sacred Heart Church during the standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation, 1973. Photo credit: PBS; this is a still image taken from the documentary film "Wounded Knee." — in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

AIM activist with rifle stands guard in front of Sacred Heart Church with two freshly built snowmen after a blizzard at Wounded Knee. The church was later burned down, 1973  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard — in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

AIM activist with rifle stands guard in front of Sacred Heart Church with two freshly built snowmen after a blizzard at Wounded Knee. The church was later burned down, 1973 Photo credit: Jim Hubbard — in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

AIM activist with rifle stands guard in front of Sacred Heart Church with two freshly built snowmen after a blizzard at Wounded Knee. The church was later burned down, 1973  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

AIM activist with rifle stands guard in front of Sacred Heart Church with two freshly built snowmen after a blizzard at Wounded Knee. The church was later burned down, 1973 Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders at Wounded Knee, SD during the 71-day occupation, 1973.  Photo credit: Associated Press

American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders at Wounded Knee, SD during the 71-day occupation, 1973. Photo credit: Associated Press

AIM leader Dennis Banks talks with AIM member during occupation, 1973.  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

AIM leader Dennis Banks talks with AIM member during occupation, 1973. Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Russell Means (1939 - 2012), and Clyde Bellecourt (1936), of AIM (American Indian Movement), after being arraigned in Federal Court for AIM's occupation of Wounded Knee. April 16, 1973.   Photo credit: CSU Archive / Courtesy Everett Collection

Russell Means (1939 - 2012), and Clyde Bellecourt (1936), of AIM (American Indian Movement), after being arraigned in Federal Court for AIM's occupation of Wounded Knee. April 16, 1973. Photo credit: CSU Archive / Courtesy Everett Collection

The drum leads the people to the mass grave of those who were killed in the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, 1973.  Photo credit: Owen Luck

The drum leads the people to the mass grave of those who were killed in the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, 1973. Photo credit: Owen Luck

Federal agent kneels next to an APC peering through his rifle scope at AIM occupiers in Wounded Knee, 1973  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Federal agent kneels next to an APC peering through his rifle scope at AIM occupiers in Wounded Knee, 1973 Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Armed Indians sit back to back supporting one another and keeping eye on all directions as members and supporters of the American Indian Movement (AIM) continue to hold this small village here. These armed militants are at a roadblock leading into Wounded Knee. March 19, 1973.  The occupation and blockade of Wounded Knee began as a demonstration for Lakota rights organized by members of the AIM. Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this image?

Armed Indians sit back to back supporting one another and keeping eye on all directions as members and supporters of the American Indian Movement (AIM) continue to hold this small village here. These armed militants are at a roadblock leading into Wounded Knee. March 19, 1973. The occupation and blockade of Wounded Knee began as a demonstration for Lakota rights organized by members of the AIM. Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this image?

AIM Oglala Sioux Indians observe the Department of Justice's decision to remove government forces from around Wounded Knee with a ceremonial peace pipe smoking, March 10, 1973. Pictured are AIM leaders Dennis Banks (in beret), Russell Means (with pipe) and Carter Camp.  Photo credit: Associated Press

AIM Oglala Sioux Indians observe the Department of Justice's decision to remove government forces from around Wounded Knee with a ceremonial peace pipe smoking, March 10, 1973. Pictured are AIM leaders Dennis Banks (in beret), Russell Means (with pipe) and Carter Camp. Photo credit: Associated Press

Jim Hubbard, left, with armed AIM miltants on a road inside Wounded Knee in 1973.  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Jim Hubbard, left, with armed AIM miltants on a road inside Wounded Knee in 1973. Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Government officials in an Armored Personnel Carrier(APC) stand watch over Wounded Knee activists, 1973.  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Government officials in an Armored Personnel Carrier(APC) stand watch over Wounded Knee activists, 1973. Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

AIM militant with his weapon inside stolen U-Haul van. AIM used the van during shootouts with the FBI during the siege that left the van bullet riddled and windows broken, 1973.  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

AIM militant with his weapon inside stolen U-Haul van. AIM used the van during shootouts with the FBI during the siege that left the van bullet riddled and windows broken, 1973. Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Two Lakota men from the American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973.  Photo credit: Michael Abramson

Two Lakota men from the American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973. Photo credit: Michael Abramson

Russell Means, left, and Dennis Banks, speak to reporters during the 1973 American Indian Movement standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Russell Means, left, and Dennis Banks, speak to reporters during the 1973 American Indian Movement standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Tribal chairman Dick Wilson, center, with his supporters at Wounded Knee, 1973.  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

Tribal chairman Dick Wilson, center, with his supporters at Wounded Knee, 1973. Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

AIM militants at their checkpoint on road leading into Wounded Knee, 1973.  Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

AIM militants at their checkpoint on road leading into Wounded Knee, 1973. Photo credit: Jim Hubbard

(2 of 6) "See South Dak Last!! - Roam Free in South Dakota - The American Indian Movement has chosen a boycott campaign as a means of calling national worldwide attention to the persecution and racism against Native Americans in the courts and state of South Dakota." - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(2 of 6) "See South Dak Last!! - Roam Free in South Dakota - The American Indian Movement has chosen a boycott campaign as a means of calling national worldwide attention to the persecution and racism against Native Americans in the courts and state of South Dakota." - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(3 of 6) "...More fuel to the fires of revolution." - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(3 of 6) "...More fuel to the fires of revolution." - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(6 of 6) Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(6 of 6) Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(2 of 2) "Working People Must Defend Indian Militants." Workers’ Power, International Socialist Biweekly, Highland Park, Michigan, March 16-29, 1973.

(2 of 2) "Working People Must Defend Indian Militants." Workers’ Power, International Socialist Biweekly, Highland Park, Michigan, March 16-29, 1973.

(1 of 2) "Defend Wounded Knee!" Workers’ Power, International Socialist Biweekly, Highland Park, Michigan, March 16-29, 1973.

(1 of 2) "Defend Wounded Knee!" Workers’ Power, International Socialist Biweekly, Highland Park, Michigan, March 16-29, 1973.

"Wounded Knee," The Great Speckled Bird, Atlanta, Georgia, March 26, 1973.

"Wounded Knee," The Great Speckled Bird, Atlanta, Georgia, March 26, 1973.

(1 of 6) "You mean they're not guilty!" - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(1 of 6) "You mean they're not guilty!" - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(5 of 6) "The People Have Spoken - The Truth Is Told But Judge Urbom Rules Against the Treaty" - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(5 of 6) "The People Have Spoken - The Truth Is Told But Judge Urbom Rules Against the Treaty" - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(4 of 6) "Means shot by son-of-a-bia... - AIM leader Russel Means was shot in the back Sat., June 9 on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota." - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

(4 of 6) "Means shot by son-of-a-bia... - AIM leader Russel Means was shot in the back Sat., June 9 on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota." - Wounded Knee Legal Defense / Offense Committee, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 1975.

Social Mvmts: No Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL)

Protesters face off with police and the National Guard near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, February 1, 2017.  Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Protesters face off with police and the National Guard near Cannon Ball, North Dakota

Protesters face off with police and the National Guard near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, February 1, 2017. Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp, February, 2017.  Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp, February, 2017. Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Riders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Lakota reservations came together on horseback to push back a police line that had formed between a group of protesters and the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Daniella Zalcman, August 2016.

Riders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Lakota reservations came together on horseback to push back a police line that had formed between a group of protesters and the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Daniella Zalcman, August 2016.

“Defend The Sacred”: Standing Rock, Cannon Ball, North Dakota, 2016  Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

“Defend The Sacred”: Standing Rock, Cannon Ball, North Dakota

“Defend The Sacred”: Standing Rock, Cannon Ball, North Dakota, 2016 Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

"Where were all of you when our kids at Standing Rock were being shot?" March 24, 2018. #MarchForOurLives  Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this picture or where it was taken?

"Where were all of you when our kids at Standing Rock were being shot?" March 24, 2018. #MarchForOurLives Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this picture or where it was taken?

"No Pipelines #WaterIsLife"  Artist: Does anyone know who the artist is?

"No Pipelines #WaterIsLife" Artist: Does anyone know who the artist is?

Regina Brave (b. 1941) - Wounded Knee (1973)/Standing Rock (2017)  Regina Brave, a survivor of Wounded Knee II in 1973, was released in February of 2017 after being arrested for standing up for treaty rights against police who raided Oceti Sakowin.

Regina Brave (b. 1941) - Wounded Knee (1973)/Standing Rock (2017) Regina Brave, a survivor of Wounded Knee II in 1973, was released in February of 2017 after being arrested for standing up for treaty rights against police who raided Oceti Sakowin.

We the Resilient Have Been Here Before #NoDAPL Artist: Ernesto Yerena

We the Resilient Have Been Here Before #NoDAPL Artist: Ernesto Yerena

"We Can Sioux It!" #NoDAPL  Artist: @weshoyot

"We Can Sioux It!" #NoDAPL Artist: @weshoyot

We wouldn't eat grass in 1862. We will not drink oil now. This is in reference to the events that led up to the Dakota War, also known as the Dakota Conflict of 1862, where ‘Andrew Myrick, an Anglo trader, said “Let them eat grass, or their own dung” after the Dakota complained of late annuity payments and starvation.’ Many Americans are unaware that this war happened, and they are unaware of the years of abuse endured by Native People at the hands of the U.S. government.

We wouldn't eat grass in 1862. We will not drink oil now. This is in reference to the events that led up to the Dakota War, also known as the Dakota Conflict of 1862, where ‘Andrew Myrick, an Anglo trader, said “Let them eat grass, or their own dung” after the Dakota complained of late annuity payments and starvation.’ Many Americans are unaware that this war happened, and they are unaware of the years of abuse endured by Native People at the hands of the U.S. government.

"Natives have no rights if those who violate our rights go unpunished - Stop the DAPL"  Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this image?

"Natives have no rights if those who violate our rights go unpunished - Stop the DAPL" Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this image?

"Big Oil out of Native Land! - No to DAPL!" - Rally in solidarity with #StandingRock. #NoDAPL  Photo credit: Cindy Trinh

"Big Oil out of Native Land! - No to DAPL!" - Rally in solidarity with #StandingRock. #NoDAPL Photo credit: Cindy Trinh

"Honor Native Treaties! No DAPL. #noDAPL"  Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this picture, when it was taken, and where it was taken?

"Honor Native Treaties! No DAPL. #noDAPL" Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this picture, when it was taken, and where it was taken?

No Pipelines on Indigenous Land  Artist: Micah Bazant

No Pipelines on Indigenous Land Artist: Micah Bazant

"Solidarity with Standing Rock. Stop the Dakota Access Pipe Line - Defend the Land. Protect the Water"  Source: @jesusvbarraza

"Solidarity with Standing Rock. Stop the Dakota Access Pipe Line - Defend the Land. Protect the Water" Source: @jesusvbarraza

Drilling has restarted at DAPL - These are the men who can stop it.  Wells Fargo CEO: Timothy Sloan - (866) 249-3302 timothy.j.sloan@wellsfargo.com  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO: Jamie Dimon - (212) 270-1111 jamie.dimon@jpmchase.com  Vice President, Corporate Media Relations: Jennifer Lavoie - jennifer.h.lavoie@jpmchase.com  Managing Director, Corporate Communications: Andrew Gray -  andrew.s.gray@jpmchase.com  Global Head, Marketing & Communications: Brian Marchiony…

Drilling has restarted at DAPL - These are the men who can stop it. Wells Fargo CEO: Timothy Sloan - (866) 249-3302 timothy.j.sloan@wellsfargo.com JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO: Jamie Dimon - (212) 270-1111 jamie.dimon@jpmchase.com Vice President, Corporate Media Relations: Jennifer Lavoie - jennifer.h.lavoie@jpmchase.com Managing Director, Corporate Communications: Andrew Gray - andrew.s.gray@jpmchase.com Global Head, Marketing & Communications: Brian Marchiony…

"No Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL" - Banner drop in Minneapolis celebrating support and resolution. Minneapolis became the third city to pass a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, 2016.

"No Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL" - Banner drop in Minneapolis celebrating support and resolution. Minneapolis became the third city to pass a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation's fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, 2016.

"Rezpect our water"  Source: @rezpectourwater

"Rezpect our water" Source: @rezpectourwater

#NoDAPL   Artist: Tyler Amato

#NoDAPL Artist: Tyler Amato

Social Mvmts: Idle No More

Protest our land, water, rights, & future #IdleNoMore

Protest our land, water, rights, & future #IdleNoMore

"Abolish Columbus Day" "Idle No More - Houston"  Decolonization Day 2014  Photos credit: Elizabeth Brossa — in Houston, Texas.

"Abolish Columbus Day" "Idle No More - Houston" Decolonization Day 2014 Photos credit: Elizabeth Brossa — in Houston, Texas.

Keep Calm and Idle No More     #IdleNoMore

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Keep Calm and Idle No More #IdleNoMore

I am the 7th generation and this is the great awakening. #IdleNoMore

I am the 7th generation and this is the great awakening. #IdleNoMore

The Sociological Cinema

"Immigrants Support Indigenous Rights #IdleNoMore" Follow this link to find a bundle of short clips and analyses related to social movements and social change.

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"No one is illegal on stolen land."

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Protesters face off with police and the National Guard near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, February 1, 2017.  Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Protesters face off with police and the National Guard near Cannon Ball, North Dakota

Protesters face off with police and the National Guard near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, February 1, 2017. Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp, February, 2017.  Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp, February, 2017. Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

Riders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Lakota reservations came together on horseback to push back a police line that had formed between a group of protesters and the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Daniella Zalcman, August 2016.

Riders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Lakota reservations came together on horseback to push back a police line that had formed between a group of protesters and the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Daniella Zalcman, August 2016.

“Defend The Sacred”: Standing Rock, Cannon Ball, North Dakota, 2016  Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

“Defend The Sacred”: Standing Rock, Cannon Ball, North Dakota

“Defend The Sacred”: Standing Rock, Cannon Ball, North Dakota, 2016 Photo credit: Ryan Vizzions

A sign reading "stop celebrating genocide" sits at the base of a statue of Christopher Columbus, October 14, 2019.  Photo credit: Michelle R. Smith — in Providence, Rhode Island.

stop celebrating genocide

A sign reading "stop celebrating genocide" sits at the base of a statue of Christopher Columbus, October 14, 2019. Photo credit: Michelle R. Smith — in Providence, Rhode Island.

Two activists of the American Indian movement stand guard near Sacred Heart Church during the standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation, 1973.  Photo credit: PBS; this is a still image taken from the documentary film "Wounded Knee." — in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

Two activists of the American Indian movement stand guard near Sacred Heart Church during the standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation, 1973. Photo credit: PBS; this is a still image taken from the documentary film "Wounded Knee." — in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

"Make Colonizers Afraid Again"  Artist: Does anyone know the name of the artist?

Make Colonizers Afraid Again

"Make Colonizers Afraid Again" Artist: Does anyone know the name of the artist?

"Fuck Columbus"  Artist: @gammykillz

Fuck Columbus

"Fuck Columbus" Artist: @gammykillz

"Our Indigenous Migration Routes Existed Long Before Your Borders!" July 2019.  Photo credit: @AmericanIndian8, on Twitter

Our Indigenous Migration Routes Existed Long Before Your Borders!

"Our Indigenous Migration Routes Existed Long Before Your Borders!" July 2019. Photo credit: @AmericanIndian8, on Twitter

(1901) - Zitkala-Sa was a pioneer in a generation of Indian rights activists who had graduated from mission and government schools, where children were forbidden from speaking their indigenous native languages. Working together, these intellectual activists representing various tribal backgrounds used their formal educations and flawless English to fight U.S. federal Indian policy and demand social justice...Photo credit: Joseph T. Kelley / Text: National Portrait Gallery

Zitkala-Ša (1876 - 1938)

Zitkala-Ša (1876 - 1938), 1901 Zitkala-Sa was a pioneer in a generation of Indian rights activists who had graduated from mission and government schools, where children were forbidden from speaking...

We want to let others know that we are still alive as a nation, that we have not been killed off. Regardless of the hard times we have gone through, we still have our ways, our knowledge, our wisdom, and our elders.  ~ Cecelia Fire Thunder, 2001

We want to let others know that we are still alive as a nation, that we have not been killed off. Regardless of the hard times we have gone through, we still have our ways, our knowledge, our wisdom, and our elders. ~ Cecelia Fire Thunder, 2001

"500 Years of Indigenous Resistance!" Activist Denae Shanidiin stands near Bears Ears National Monument, southeastern Utah, c. 2018.  Photo credit: Denae Shanidiin — at Bears Ears National Monument.

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance!

"500 Years of Indigenous Resistance!" Activist Denae Shanidiin stands near Bears Ears National Monument, southeastern Utah, c. 2018. Photo credit: Denae Shanidiin — at Bears Ears National Monument.

"Justice for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women," Activist Sunny Red Bear stands at McCrossan Boys Ranch, Sioux Falls SD, c. 2018.   Photo credit: Sunny Red Bear

Justice for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

"Justice for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women," Activist Sunny Red Bear stands at McCrossan Boys Ranch, Sioux Falls SD, c. 2018. Photo credit: Sunny Red Bear

"No One Is Illegal on Stolen Land!"  Photo credit: Does anyone know where this image was taken, when it was taken, or who took it?

No One Is Illegal on Stolen Land!

"No One Is Illegal on Stolen Land!" Photo credit: Does anyone know where this image was taken, when it was taken, or who took it?

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