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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 8, 1972)
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Wednesday, hbvember 8, 1972
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As the bells of St. Mary's Catholic
Church rang Tuesday, Indians gathered
on the steps of the State Capitol and
began beating their drums and chanting.
About 35 Indians participated in the
demonstration, organized by local
American Indian Movement (AIM)
chapters. Onlookers ranged in number
from 15 to 40.
Some non-Indians joined in dancing
and chanting, but most just watched. One
woman declined to comment on the
demonstration, because "I don't want
Indians on my throat."
The Indian demonstration was planned
as a show of support for Indians in
Washington, D.C. People on the grass
roots level are in favor of recent actions
in Washington, according to John Two
Indians have occupied the Bureau of
Indian Affairs (BIA) building in
Washington since Thursday. Rumors have
suggested that they may destroy the
Arbuckle read a 21 -point list of
demands that Indians in Washington have
drawn up. It included demands for Indian
jurisdiction over non-Indians on Indian
reservations, the abolishment of the BIA,
honoring of all unratified treaties and
relief against treaty violations.
The demands stressed that only the
federal government and not local
governments should have anything to do
with treaties and that Indians must be
recognized as having the same rights as
photos by Gail Folda
story by AJ. McClanahan
'We're not a militant people, but we
can become militant," Arbuckle said, as
some of the members of the crowd
yelled, "Easily, easily."
When asked if he would support the
Indians in Washington if they blew up the
BIA building, Arbuckle said, "Of course,
I will, they're my brothers."
A-Go Sheridan, director of the Lincoln
AIM chapter said, "I'm not in favor of
them blowing up the building, but if that
is what it takes to get the government to
recognize us, then blow the damn thing
Owen Young, coordinator of the
Omaha AIM chapter said Indians are the
landlords of the United States, "and it's
about time people started noticing it.
"We've really been mistreated, and I'm
not afraid to say anything against the
government. They still talk with a forked
Sheridan said similar demonstrations
took place that morning at Pine Ridge
and Scottsbluff. If Indians in those areas
needed support, southeast area support
could be gathered, he said.
The Tuesday demonstration was only
to show support for Indians in
Washington, he said. There was supposed
to be a meeting Tuesday night to discuss
Lincoln and Omaha problems, according
"We won't plan anything else until we
get word from headquarters."
He added that if problems arise in the
Omaha or Lincoln area as many as two or
three thousand Indians could be brought
in to show support.
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