The years of abuse against the Indians, and the countless broken promises, created a very tense atmosphere which only seemed to be getting worse.
One day, while many AIM Indians were camped in an area of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, called Oglala, two FBI agents were following an Indian driving a truck onto the reservation.
The FBI said they suspected the driver of stealing a pair of cowboy boots... which was ridiculous because such a small theft would not be a matter for the FBI. Nobody really knows why the FBI were following him, and what they really wanted.
When they followed the truck into the area where the AIM members were camped, a shootout took place. Nobody knows who started it, but it ended when one Indian and the two FBI agents were also killed.
The FBI and the National Guard surrounded the reservation, with the Indians trapped inside.
To be continued...