BIA Takeover: 1972
Images of The Trail of Broken Treaties demonstration November 2-9, 1972 in Washington, D.C. are contained in this set.

The demonstration was intended to forge a new relationship between Native Americans and the federal government, but negotiations over a 20-point set of demands were quickly overshadowed when General Services Administration police attacked the protestors inside the Bureau of Indian Affairs building.

Native Americans quickly repelled the attack and sealed off the building, beginning a seven day occupation that ended peacefully after many tense moments.

During the occupation, the protesters gathered hundreds of incriminating documents detailing the thievery of Native American resources by corporations aided by Congress.

For an account that was published in the Montgomery Spark shortly after the takeover, see washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/native-americans...
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