[sixties-l] Fwd: Wounded Knee Akicita

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Date: 12/12/00

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    >[source: NativeNews; Wed, 08 Nov 2000 10:02:29 -0500]
    >From: "Carter Camp"
    >                 WOUNDED KNEE '73' AKICITA
    >On this Veterans Day I want to sent out my heartfelt thank you and
    >continuing respect to all those Indian, Viet Nam Veterans who rallied to
    >the defense of the Independent Oglala Nation at Wounded Knee in 1973.  As
    >one of the chosen leaders of our Nation I was honored to fight alongside
    >proven warriors who had been to one war and came home determined to use
    >their skills to help their people survive.  Because it was the only
    >honorable thing to do, you dug into positions from which there was no
    >retreat.  You said 'the enemy shall not pass by' and he could not.  Because
    >of the ring of steel you provided, for 73 days our people had a taste of
    >freedom, and that strong taste still lives in the hearts of the People.
    >Strong Heart, Little California, Eagle, Crows Nest, Oklahoma, Oglala, Pine
    >Ridge, Strawberry Hill, Manderson, Big Church, Little Church and Star.
    >Roving Patrol. Places you can be pround of my brothers, all planned and led
    >by a Vet and manned by our People.
    >You used to laugh when Stan and I issued you 30-30 bullets to fire in your
    >303cal. rifles, but they chambered and you fired them in deadly earnest.
    >Not one of you complained when I announced warriors rations were cut to a
    >meal a day, but all of you cussed when I said we were out of cigarettes
    >too!  You were a diciplined fighting force in a proud, Indian way.  You did
    >your duty, fought the enemy, stood guard in the cold, worked hard and did
    >not want to hear stuff or take shit from anybody. We truly were the Akicita
    >of Wounded Knee and the Independent Oglala Nation, (I.O.N.).
    >In the end we lost two warriors whose memory we must honor.  Frank
    >Clearwater was a newly arrived recruit, a volunteer from the Cherokee
    >Nation.  He was killed on his first duty cycle.  To we of the I.O.N. he
    >symbolized the gathering of the Nations to fullfill our dreams of unity and
    >common struggle.  On behalf of all of us Wounded Knee warriors I still
    >visit his lonely grave, my brothers and I offer tobacco and prayers for his
    >sacrifice, his family, and his Cherokee people.
    >The other warrior we lost was my "Ka-gay'-Ho" Buddy Lamont.  Buddy was an
    >Oglala Viet Nam Veteran. The perfect example of a Lakota warrior, returned
    >home to protect the people and to stop the reign of terror. He did both.
    >Buddy was the only son of my adopted Mother, Agnes Lamont, who was herself
    >a powerful A.I.M. supporter and Lakota patriot.  Together they symbolized
    >what our fight was and is all about...Generations of Indian people in a
    >five hundred year struggle for survival.
    >Today Buddy Lamont is buried in Wounded Knee alongside the victims of the
    >1890 massacre.  Many visit his grave, tourist and Indian, but few know his
    >story.  We do, my veteran brothers, and one day that story may be told. But
    >for now Buddy lies in his grave as a symbol of what each of you risked and
    >what your families and Tribes risk to survive in America.
    >Today , so many years later, technology has provided a way for me to tell
    >the warrior veterans of VietNam/Wounded Knee...Thank You, my Brothers and
    >Sisters, for a job well done.  Ah-Ho, Weebla-Ho.
    >                            Carter Camp, Ponca Nation
    >                            Oklahoma A.I.M.,
    >                            Independent Oglala Nation Akicita

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