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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The trail of broken treaties protest aimed at redressing grievances of the Native American population for centuries of ill treatment by the US government. When they arrived at DC in 1972 and found no government official willing to discuss their 20-point manifesto, the protestors took over the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) building, occupying it for a week. Government infiltrators incited violence, which resulted in significant damage to the building as well as to the public perception of the Native American cause.

Civil Rights Digital History Project overview of the American Indian Rights Movement and the Trail of Broken Treaties