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Roger A. Finzel Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-711

Scope and Content

The collection contains five photographs (3.5 x 3.5 in.) related to the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the activities of the group during 1973-1974. The photos depict scenes related to the causes for various Indian protests during the 1973-1974 period. Two of the photos depict scenes in Custer, S.D. from August 1973, most likely related to the court cases surrounding the death of Wesley Bad Heart Bull; the protest and arrest of a group of Indians after the acquital of the murderer, Darold Schmidtz; or the occupation of Wounded Knee. Two of the other photos accompanied a statement letter by Dennis Hat. The photos show Hat after he was beaten up by four men who were believed to be used as part of incumbant Richard Wilson's intimidation tactics in the 1974 election for President of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council in which he ran against Russell Means. The fifth photo is of George C. Roberts.


  • 1973-1974


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


As members of the National Lawyers Guild, Roger Finzel and Eda Gordon volunteered to join the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee, formed after the 1973 liberation of the Wounded Knee Massacre site on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Finzel served as a staff attorney for the Defense Committee. Gordon, as the committee's press liaison and later as an investigator of Wounded Knee cases. Finzel and Gordon moved to Washington, D.C., and later to Albuquerque, N.M. they continued support work on behalf of traditional Native American peoples.


1 folder (5 photographic prints)

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The collection contains five photographs related to the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the activities of the group during 1973-1974.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections box 6. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs were separated from the Roger A. Finzel American Indian Movement Papers.


Contact Information

  1. University of New Mexico
  2. MSC05 3020, 1, University of New Mexico
  3. Center for Southwest Research
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: 505-277-7173
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Finding Aid of the Roger A. Finzel Photograph Collection, 1973-1974
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131