By Gary L. Stuart

On April 27, 1973, a few 2 hundred militant Indians occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee at the Oglala Sioux reservation in South Dakota. within the identify of the yankee Indian circulation (AIM), Russell capability and Dennis Banks took eleven hostages and started what might develop into a 75-day siege of the town.

Two days later, within the identify of Indians opposed to Exploitation (IAE), Larry Casuse and Robert Nakaidinae kidnapped the Mayor of Gallup (Emmet Garcia) from his place of work and marched him at gunpoint via part of downtown Gallup. They barricaded themselves in a wearing items shop and demanded political reduction and a focus to their reason. Nakaidinae shot the mayor as he tried to flee. He survived his wounds.

Larry Casuse died in a hail of police bullets yet was once acknowledged through the police and the neighborhood coroner to have dedicated suicide. the kidnapping was once it appears performed simply because Casuse and Nakaidinae perceived the mayor as symbolic of how Indians have been mistreated in Gallup. They alleged Garcia to be chargeable for either Indian alcohol abuse and a normal loss of admire for Indians. the kidnapping in Gallup by way of militant individuals of IAE and the siege at Wounded Knee via the militant contributors of objective have been hooked up loosely within the press and looked to be together supportive of the wider factor of Indian civil rights.

Casuse used to be the president of the Kiva membership, an Indian rights crew on campus at UNM. He was once very vocal in opposing Garcia's appointment to the UNM Board of Regents and his chairmanship of the Indian alcohol rehabilitation undertaking in Gallup. Nakaidinae was once additionally a Kiva membership member.

Garcia used to be half proprietor of a package deal liquor shop referred to as The Navajo lodge situated at the Arizona/New Mexico border quite a few yards clear of the Navajo reservation. Garcia was once a up to date political appointee to the Board of Regents for the collage of recent Mexico.

The abduction of the Mayor and the loss of life of Casuse have been significant neighborhood information tales. loads of realization used to be occupied with the matter of alcohol abuse one of the tens of hundreds of thousands of Navajos who stopover at Gallup a week. a few Indians felt that the white inhabitants in Gallup disrespected Navajo cultural traditions and did not do sufficient to assist the Navajo with its ancient conflict with alcohol abuse. a few whites felt that the Navajos who got here to city to drink have been a public nuisance.

Largely as a result of abduction and the consequent exposure, Garcia misplaced his reelection bid for a moment time period as mayor on April three, 1973. He resigned his chairmanship of the Gallup Alcohol Rehabilitation Committee, and his place at the UNM Board of Regents. Then he bought his curiosity within the Navajo lodge and moved along with his kin to Arizona in might of 1973. He by no means lower back to Gallup.

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