Wounded Knee, S.D. (UPI) — About 300 Indians apparently enraged over the slaying of an Indian in nearby Gordon. Neb-, stormed a trading post and museum Thursday in Wounded Knee. Scene of the last clash between the Sioux and the U.S. Cavalry.
James Czywczynski operator of the trading post, said the Indians barged in and roughed us up" and then stole an estimated $500,000 worth of Indian artifacts from the Wounded Knee Museum next door.
The Indians arrived by bus and car he said, apparently from Gordon. Neb. where from 600 to 1,000 Indians have been staging a protest over the death there of Raymond Yellow Thunder, an Oglala Sioux.
Five men have been charged with man-slaughter in his death which was attributed to cerebral hemorrhage.
Wounded Knee is a cluster of holdings on the sprawling Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation. The trading post and museum are a scant half mile from the valley where the Seventh U.S. Cavalry; the same regiment which was slaughtered at Little Big Horn; opened fire on an encampment of Oglala and Cheyenne River Sioux in December 1890.
The trading post operator said the Indians shouted. "Burn, Burn, Burn."
They saw posters advertising the Custer Museum; Gen. George Armstrong Custer, commander of the Seventh Cavalry who fell at Little Big Horn — and tore them down.
Independent - Long Beach, California - Friday, March 10, 1972