April 27-28: 44th Annual Dakota Conference to Discuss Wounded Knee

Event Details

Date: April 26 - April 27, 2012

Location: Center for Western Studies

Ticket Info: Registration is $55.

The 44th-Annual Dakota Conference, "Wounded Knee 1973: Forty Years Later," will be held at the Center for Western Studies on April 27-28. Approximately 80 presenters from as many as 15 states gather to present papers and participate in panels at this two-day national conference.


On December 29, 1890, Miniconjou Lakota chief Spotted Elk (Big Foot) and 300 of his followers were attacked on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. Eighty-three years later, 200 Oglala Lakota seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee. In observance of the 40th anniversary of the occupation, the 2012 Dakota Conference will address questions related to Wounded Knee 1973, the 1890 massacre, as well as any and all aspects of Northern Plains American Indian history and culture.


Speakers for the Dakota Conference, April 27-28, include:

  • Russell Means, activist widely known for leading the 71-day armed takeover of Wounded Knee in 1973
  • Stew Magnuson, author of “The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder
  • Kevin McKiernan, NPR reporter, the last reporter inside Wounded Knee in 1973
  • Joe Trimbach, FBI agent in charge at Wounded Knee in 1973
  • Judge David Gienapp and attorney James McMahon, assistant U.S. attorneys prosecuting Wounded Knee cases
  • Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, American Indian scholar
  • Michael Her Many Horses, participant in Wounded Knee occupation

A program and registration form are available here.

Pictured: "No Where to Run Only Die" by Donald F. Montileaux.

Tim Hoheisel
CWS Director of Outreach and Promotion