The Tragedy of Wounded Knee

The Tragedy of Wounded Knee

200” x 54”
Archival print

A depiction of the 71 day occupation by the Lakota (Oglala) Sioux of the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, beginning February 27th, 1973. Wounded Knee is the burial grounds of an estimated 200-300 Lakota men, women and children massacred in 1890 in the last battle of the U.S. Indian Wars and the third major occupation of significant sites by the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.)1.

The scene shows the standoff between A.I.M. supported Ogala Pine Ridge Reservation residents seeking to impeach their elected president Dick Wilson, whose office falls under the jurisdiction of U.S. Marshalls and the F.B.I.

The image is created from local and world press footage and photographs.

1 Alcatraz Penitentiary 1960-71 and the Indian Affairs Office, Washington D.C. 1972