October 5, 1999 |
Slowly, in the darkness just before dawn, the small group of young Native Americans crept up to the metal fence surrounding the drab cinder-block Army buildings. The cool November morning in 1970 was foggy, providing even more cover. On cue, they climbed over, surprising the few soldiers left to guard the defunct communications center. The carefully planned "occupation" had succeeded and, in a symbolic exclamation point, the Native American group pitched a tepee.