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Oglalas Endorse Means

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Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
February
Year
1974
Copyright
Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
OCR Text

(ZNS) Russell Means, the national field director of the American Indian Movement, scored an upset victory over his arch-rival and opponent in an election for the presidency of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Means, running as a radical in a field ot 12 candidates, picked up 667 votes in the election held on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota on Tuesday. In second place was Richard Wilson, the current president oí the Oglala Sioux tribe, and and an outspoken opponent of the American Indian Movement. Means was one of the leaders of the take-over of Wounded Knee last year, and is currently on trial in St. Paul, Minn., for conspiracy and riot charges stemming from the 71-day take-over. At the time of the Wounded Knee occupation last year, Wilson strongly opposed the radical take-over, and openly encouraged members of his tribal pólice forcé to shoot down the leaders of the American Indian Movement. Since Means did not piek up a majority of the votes cast, he will face Wilson in a tough run-off election for the presidency on February 7th. The outcome of the election was considered historie in that it demonstrated that a sizeable minority of Indians on the South Dakota reservation have endorsed the use of militant tactics by American Indians to dramatize their cause. Means, himself, was unable to campaign because of his trial in St. Paul. The judge granted a one-day recess in the trial on Tuesday, so that Means could return home to vote.