The words of Carter Camp, the late American Indian Movement activist who died in December, are simple ones, but powerful: "We decided that our Indian people are more important to us than long jail terms." And Camp, Ponca, would know. As a key figure in Red Power actions such as the takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1972 and the 1973 Wounded Knee uprising, Camp, like his colleagues Russell Means, Dennis Banks and Clyde Bellecourt, risked all to bring attention to American Indian issues.
This Akwesasne Notes poster, one of a series published by the influential Mohawk newspaper in the early '70s, features a woodcut by artist Bruce Carter of a handcuffed Native American in traditional dress.
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Original poster art by Bruce Carter featured in Akwesasne Notes; scanned image courtesy of Library of Congress.