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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Owe Aku, to protest another Lewis and Clark evet

There are some more updates on the stoplewisandclark.org website. There are some articles as well as a first person account of the Bad River protest by Deb White Plume. Visit their website for the latest information.

Protesters Target Another Lewis and Clark Event

Rapid City Journal
October 3, 2004

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark may have been welcomed by Indian tribes in this area 200 years ago, but those commemorating their journey face protests.

American Indian protesters plan to target the "signature event" scheduled in Bismarck on Oct. 22 in memory of the Lewis and Clark expedition in North Dakota.

"To us, it's no reason to celebrate," Deb White Plume, who lives on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, said. full article

Deb White Plume's account.

Stop Lewis and Clark: Protest at the Bad River
By Debra White Plume, writing from the banks of Wounded Knee Creek
Webposted October 3, 2004

On September 25 and 26, 2004 approximately 30 people from the Stop Lewis and Clark group from the Lakota country of Pine Ridge, Eagle Butte, Standing Rock, and Nebraska traveled in car caravans to Ft. Pierre, SD to protest the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Reenactment. Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand, spiritual man of the Oglala band of the Lakota Nation, offered prayers for the resistance group as they prepared for their departure.

The L and C Expedition reenactment stopped at the Bad River, near the place that is now the state capital of South Dakota, to reenact their meeting of 200 years ago with the Lakota Nation. Grandmothers, young children, high school and college students came together on their home reservations to organize a public resistance to the commonly accepted message of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which does not acknowledge the destruction that followed them when they entered Indian Country. full account

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