AIM For The Mayor: Echoes From Wounded Knee by Gary L. Stuart

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By Gary L. Stuart

On April 27, 1973, a few two hundred militant Indians occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee at the Oglala Sioux reservation in South Dakota. within the identify of the yankee Indian circulate (AIM), Russell ability and Dennis Banks took eleven hostages and started what might develop into a 75-day siege of the town.

Two days later, within the identify of Indians opposed to Exploitation (IAE), Larry Casuse and Robert Nakaidinae kidnapped the Mayor of Gallup (Emmet Garcia) from his place of work and marched him at gunpoint via part of downtown Gallup. They barricaded themselves in a wearing items shop and demanded political reduction and a focus to their reason. Nakaidinae shot the mayor as he tried to flee. He survived his wounds.

Larry Casuse died in a hail of police bullets yet was once stated by way of the police and the neighborhood coroner to have devoted suicide. the kidnapping used to be it seems that performed simply because Casuse and Nakaidinae perceived the mayor as symbolic of how Indians have been mistreated in Gallup. They alleged Garcia to be answerable for either Indian alcohol abuse and a common loss of recognize for Indians. the kidnapping in Gallup via militant participants of IAE and the siege at Wounded Knee by way of the militant contributors of goal have been hooked up loosely within the press and appeared to be collectively supportive of the wider factor of Indian civil rights.

Casuse used to be the president of the Kiva membership, an Indian rights crew on campus at UNM. He used to be very vocal in opposing Garcia's appointment to the UNM Board of Regents and his chairmanship of the Indian alcohol rehabilitation venture in Gallup. Nakaidinae used to be additionally a Kiva membership member.

Garcia was once half proprietor of a package deal liquor shop known as The Navajo hotel positioned at the Arizona/New Mexico border quite a few yards clear of the Navajo reservation. Garcia used to be a contemporary political appointee to the Board of Regents for the college of latest Mexico.

The abduction of the Mayor and the demise of Casuse have been significant neighborhood information tales. loads of realization was once concerned with the matter of alcohol abuse one of the tens of millions of Navajos who stopover at Gallup per week. a few Indians felt that the white inhabitants in Gallup disrespected Navajo cultural traditions and did not do adequate to assist the Navajo with its historical conflict with alcohol abuse. a few whites felt that the Navajos who got here to city to drink have been a public nuisance.

Largely as a result abduction and the consequent exposure, Garcia misplaced his reelection bid for a moment time period as mayor on April three, 1973. He resigned his chairmanship of the Gallup Alcohol Rehabilitation Committee, and his place at the UNM Board of Regents. Then he bought his curiosity within the Navajo resort and moved together with his kin to Arizona in may well of 1973. He by no means again to Gallup.

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