In South Dakota between 1972 - 1976 ... numerous beatings, rapes and "accidents" occurred. Chief Frank Fools Crow reported that ... "official police figures show a much lower total, we Oglalas claim that more than one unsolved [and uninvestigated!] murder a week was committed at Pine Ridge in 1975 and that a total of eighty had been reached by mid-October.
The violence instigated
by the U.S. government backed tribal leader Dick Wilson was aimed at destroying
members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and their supporters and
families. This same "tribal leader" considered the traditional
holy man Frank Fools Crow an enemy! Grandfather Fools Crow said that Indians
such as Dick Wilson do not understand or support our traditional culture.
... Neverless, said the peace loving Holy Man, April 1975, ... "my
live [was] openly threatened by Wilson supporters ... And after this our
little house was ransacked and burned to the ground."
In this environment of terror that, on June 26, 1975, two FBI agents drove onto the Pine Ridge reservation, without notice or a warrant. (On the day before this incident Dick Wilson was in Washington D.C. negotiating the sale of one-eight of the Lakota people's reservation land to the federal government without their consent!) A shoot-out occured, leaving agents Williams and Coler and a Native American, Joe Stuntz, dead.
Of the four men eventually
indicted for the murder of the agents, (no one was charged with the killing
of the American Indian) one was released due to "weak" evidence.
Robideau and Butler were acquitted in July 1976 when a jury concluded
that although they had fired at the agents, they had done so in self defense.
Leonard's case has been the subject of numerous book, TV and film projects (including TV's 60 Minutes, Robert Redford's "Incident at Oglala"). 20 million private citizens, 60 U.S. Congressmen, 50 members of the House of Representatives, 51 members of the Canadian Parliament plus the New Democratic Party of Canada, the National Association of Defense Lawyers, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu, have asked the White House for a new trial for Leonard Peltier.
Leonard was awarded the International Human Rights Prize by Human Rights Commission of Spain. As of July 1992, the process of nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize is underway.Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-HI, chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs and Congressman Don Edwards, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights have led the fight for Leonard on Capitol Hill.
(from: Coverbook of the CD "In the spirit of Crazy Horse - Songs for Leonard Peltier; Four Winds Trading Company, Boulder CO; USA)
more than unworthy of a country which pretend having the best jurisdiction
in the world, send someone into prison under this conditions.
20, 2001 is a grim and shameful day. We must confirm that President Clinton,
despite all his good words this week about racial unity, "One America",
and healing historical injustices, has denied clemency to Leonard Peltier.
We do not know why.
Thank you for your
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