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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 yank Indian circulation (AIM), Russell skill 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 workplace and marched him at gunpoint via part of downtown Gallup. They barricaded themselves in a carrying items shop and demanded political reduction and a spotlight 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 stated through the police and the neighborhood coroner to have dedicated suicide. the kidnapping used to be 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 answerable for either Indian alcohol abuse and a basic loss of admire for Indians. the kidnapping in Gallup through militant individuals of IAE and the siege at Wounded Knee by way of the militant participants of objective have been attached loosely within the press and looked to be together supportive of the wider factor of Indian civil rights.

Casuse was once the president of the Kiva membership, an Indian rights workforce on campus at UNM. He used to be 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 was once half proprietor of a package deal liquor shop referred to as The Navajo hotel situated at the Arizona/New Mexico border quite a few yards clear of the Navajo reservation. Garcia was once a contemporary political appointee to the Board of Regents for the college of latest Mexico.

The abduction of the Mayor and the demise of Casuse have been significant neighborhood information tales. loads of cognizance was once all in favour of the matter of alcohol abuse one of the tens of millions 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 adequate 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 because of the 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 offered his curiosity within the Navajo resort and moved together with his relatives to Arizona in could of 1973. He by no means lower back to Gallup.

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