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Carter Camp, Indian Activist, Dies At 72

January 2, 2014, 12:54 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -

Carter Camp, a longtime activist with the American Indian Movement who was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota, has died in Oklahoma. He was 72.

Camp's sister,  Casey Camp-Horinek, said Thursday he died Dec. 27 surrounded by family in White Eagle, Okla. Camp-Horinek says her brother had been suffering from cancer for the past year.

Camp, a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, was a leader in in the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee. The 71-day siege included several gunbattles with federal officers

He was a longtime member of the American Indian Movement, which was founded in the late 1960s to protest the U.S. government's treatment of Native Americans and demand the government honor its treaties with Indian tribes.

Services for Carter were held Tuesday.

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