Wounded Knee ’73 at 50 

Jean O'Brien

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Film; Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples


2023 marks fifty years since the American Indian Movement takeover of the hamlet of Wounded Knee, riveting a world-wide attention to this historic place on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Oglala Lakota people and AIM activists from across the country occupied the town for seventy-one days while under siege by the US Marshalls Service and the FBI. Sparked by a complex cluster of local and national outrages surrounding the treatment of American Indian people, this set of events focused attention on Indigenous peoples in enormously significant ways. This virtual session features a conversation between Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and Macarthur Fellow Stanley Nelson (“Jonestown,” “Attica”), who directed “We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee” for the PBS American Experience (2009) and Osage scholar Robert Warrior, who co-authored Like A Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (1997, with Paul Chaat Smith) and who is prominently featured in the documentary.

Session Participants

Panelist: Stanley Nelson, Firelight Media
Founder, Firelight Media

Presenter: Robert Warrior, University of Kansas
Distinguished Professor of American Literature & Culture, University of