William Kunstler's FBI Files

American Indian Movement

A Native American activist organization, the American Indian Movement (AIM), was founded to protect the rights of Native Nations and "ensure the fulfillment of treaties made with the United States." On February 27, 1973, AIM announced their presence, by invitation, at Wounded Knee, the site of the government slaughter of more than 200 Indians in 1890. During the 71-day standoff, some 100,000 rounds were fired and two Native Americans were killed and one federal marshal injured. Kunstler spoke out against the FBI infiltration of the AIM.

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Surveillance Report: Kunstler Speech at the Hotel Diplomat on September 2, 1975.

"(Kunstler) stated that grand juries are illegal, for those subpoenaed do not have right of counsel being present. He told the 200 individuals in attendance that special agent COLE (deceased) of the FBI, who was recently killed at the Wounded Knee, S.D. reservation had developed an informant at that reservation who was scheduled to testify at court trial. This informant three days prior to testifying allegedly raped an Indian woman and her daughter. KUNSTLER stated that SA COLE used his influence to keep the rape incident quiet. KUNSTLER implied that SA COLE had carried out a misdeed and that people should not show remorse over his death."

"He (Kunstler) stated that the US Government has no jurisdiction on Indian reservations. He stated, "There have been 240 indians killed and two FBI agents killed at Wounded Knee during the past two years and the score is not even."

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