Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ben Carnes 'Remembering Carter Camp'

Carter Camp: R.I.P. 2013

"We Decided that our Indian people are more
important to us than long jail terms."

Carter Camp, Ponca Nation, Wounded Knee 1973

By Ben Carnes, Choctaw

Carter Camp painted as a warrior at Wounded Knee
Remembering people of their words and actions has been my way of mourning, as a way to keep their spirit alive in our memories. His words above exemplified what it means to commit to being a true Warrior for the people. He lived this way of life as so many people can attest to. Those words take me back to when I began to understand what the American Indian Movement was about in the early 70's. It began as a civil rights organization in Minneapolis in 68, but through the influences of Henry Crow Dog, it soon evolved into a spiritual based movement as Crow Dog stated that in order for AIM to be successful, it had to have a spiritual foundation.

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