"Stage Plymouth Protest: Indians Take Over Mayflower II," by Robert Carr and Andrew Blake.
More than 100 Indians, representing tribes from across America, gathered at Plymouth for a national day of mourning to focus attention on the plight of the American Indian.
About 25 Indians took over the Mayflower II, threw a small cannon overboard, climbed the rigging to throw down a 17th century British flag, threw a mannequin representing Christopher Jones, the Mayflower’s original captain, over-board and then threatened to cut the mooring lines and set the ship adrift.
The Indians left peacefully when police arrived and no arrests were made.
Several hundred tourists were mixed among the Indians when Russell means, a Sioux from Cleveland, stood at the statue of Massasoit and said: “The white people came here to seek religious freedom, and they have denied us our freedom.”
. . . Means said that Americans are alarmed about the alleged My Lai massacre in Vietnam “but they fail to recall the many massacres of Indian tribes in this country at the hands of the American Cavalry, less than a century ago.”
Boston Globe, November 27, 1970.