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Movies & Documentaries featuring Charles Abourezk


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A Tattoo On My Heart Intro
The Siege of Wounded Knee 1973 forever changed the lives of Indian people who took part and captured the imaginations of those who watched this gripping story unfold on television and in newspapers across America. It was the culmination of an awakening that had begun with the formation of the American Indian Movement, the takeover of Alcatraz Island, and the occupation of BIA headquarters in Washington D.C.

Nowhere was that awakening more profound, nor reaction by the government greater than around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Racism and violence against Indians, corruption, and repression of traditional people on the reservations had left many Indians desperate. After the brutal deaths of two Indian men, traditional leaders called upon AIM. Fearing a takeover of tribal headquarters, federal law enforcement, armed with modern weapons and armored personnel carriers moved to protect the tribal government.

On February 27, 1973 traditional and AIM leaders chose another location to make a stand

  • Director: Charles Abourezk and Brett Lawlor
  • Writer: Charles Abourezk and Brett Lawlor
  • Production Company: Badlands Films Inc.

Bringing in ammunition - Madonna Thunderhawk
Madonna tells a story about getting out of jail and collecting ammunition to bring back into Wounded Knee. Thunder Hawk, 67, of the tribe Two Kettle Lakota, was born on the Yankton reservation in Wagner, South Dakota. She and her family lived on several reservations in S.D., but spent most of their time on the Cheyenne River reservation.

I would do it again - Webster Poor Bear
Lenny Foster tells a story about bullets flying around them during a sweat.

Sweat Lodge - Lenny Foster
Webster Poor Bear tells how he would do it all over again if he had to. He'd get shot, die if necessary. Because the truth is always the truth.

The Canary Effect Trailer
The Canary Effect, which features Charles Abourezk and some of the leading scholars and proponents of the indigenous struggle for human rights, takes an in depth look at the devastating effect that US policies have had on the Indigenous people of America.  This film can be ordered at:

 Lakota Woman (video currently not available)
A TNT original movie, starring Peter Weller and Irene Bedard, and featuring actors Charles Abourezk, Michael Horse, Lawrence Baynes.


Radio Programs & Clips

Originally aired Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - This week marks the 32nd anniversary of the beginning of the 1973 occupation at Wounded Knee. A new documentary from the perspective of those who participated in the occupation has just come out. In this feature report, SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray speaks with the directors of “A Tattoo on my Heart – The Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973.”
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"Tribes of Dakota"  - Narrated by Charles Abourezk, One hour radio special on South Dakota Public Radio, originally broadcast on October 9, 2006.
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"Globalization and SD Workers- Dakota Midday  3/8/2006, one hour program featuring guests Charles Abourezk & Mike Howe.
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"Labor Issues- Dakota Midday  1/9/2007, one hour program featuring guests Charles Abourezk, Mike Risen, and Mike Howe.
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