“To Implement Meaningful Change”

  • James Treat


Hundreds of mourners stood in solemn repose as the blanketed coffin was lowered into the ground. Pallbearers lined both sides of the grave; all were leaders of the American Indian Movement, and each wore a four-color armband matching the stripes of the white trade blanket. As soon as the coffin had settled into place, they offered a raised-fist salute to their fallen comrade, then cut off their armbands and threw half into the tomb. Journalists tracked the committal service, photographers and cameramen elbowing their way through the crowd in search of the elusive angle. When it was over Nelson and Florence Small Legs said goodbye to their eldest son one last time, then turned and walked away, embracing as they wept.1


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