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Undergraduate Research Journal

Abstract

In an effort to critically examine the nature of American Indian resistance at Wounded Knee, this paper argues that local Oglala Lakota traditionalists held primary agency in resisting American imperialism during the siege of Wounded Knee even though accounts of the siege generally credit the American Indian Movement with instigating and leading the resistance. As such, American Indian resistance to a persistent imperial condition at Wounded Knee in 1973 had a critical subaltern component that historical analyses have generally underrepresented in their treatment of the siege. Concerning the theoretical and methodological basis for this project, this paper considers American Indian resistance to European and later Euro-American expansion to be well within the boundaries of the history of imperialism.

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