Wounded Knee veteran Carter Camp walked on this past Friday at 72
WHITE EAGLE, OKLAHOMA — Ceremonies for longtime American Indian Movement leader and 1973 Wounded Knee veteran, Carter Camp, will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Camp walked on Friday, after a courageous battle with cancer for the past year. He was 72.
Spiritual leader Leonard Crow Dog, of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, will preside over the ceremonies, which will be held at the Ponca Tribal Cultural Center in White Eagle.
For over two decades, Camp assisted Leonard Crow Dog with his annual sundances held at Crow Dog’s Paradise on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
Camp was a tribal citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. He was born on August 18, 1941, to Woodrow Camp and Jewell McDonald.
During the Cold War, Camp served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963. He attained the rank of corporal and was stationed in Berlin, Germany.
Within a decade of his release from the U.S. Army, Camp joined the emerging American Indian Movement. He headed AIM’s Oklahoma Chapter.
In late 1972, Camp participated in the “Trail of Broken Treaties” caravan that made a cross-country trip to Washington, DC to bring attention to failure of the U.S. government to live up to the treaties made with American Indian tribes across Indian country. Camp was in Washington, when AIM occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in November 1972.
Camp was thirty-two years-old and a major participate during the 71-day siege of Wounded Knee in 1973.
In 2009, Camp was featured in the highly acclaimed PBS production, “American Experience: We Shall Remain – Wounded Knee.”
A prayer service conducted by the Native American Church will be held on Monday evening.
At noon on Tuesday, a traditional feast will be held, followed by a give-away ceremony and funeral ceremony at 2:00 p.m. CST. All ceremonies will be held at the Ponca Cultural Center.
American Indians from across Indian country are expected to attend the ceremonies, according to family members.