two more being killed, as well as a federal officer being injured from the events[ CITATION His13 \l 1033 ]. After a series of negotiations, the occupation ended on May 8, 1973 with 237 arrests as well as the arraignment of the American Indian Movement’s leaders.
After researching these two incidents of Native American History, there are a few similarities and differences between the two regarding how the government responded to whatthe Native Americans were doing. In the Massacre at Wounded Knee, the Native Americans that were slaughtered did not have any weapons or means to defend themselves, while at the incident in 1973, the occupants of Wounded Knee took over the area through the use of force, and carried rifles and other weapons to become a militaristic force, and the government was not able to slaughter them like back in 1890. While Native American rights and liberties are higher now then they ever have been, we must look to the past to ensure that the government cannot impose its will on the citizens it is sworn to protect simply because the citizens have no means to protect themselves from a corrupt government. As long as American citizens are armed through the Constitutional right ofthe Second Amendment, the government will not be able to impose its unjust will upon its citizens, and the citizens will be able to overthrow such a corrupt government.
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