Peltier: A Refresher on American Indian History

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Today Native Americans are awaiting the Parole decision for Leonard Peltier. Leonard’ was falsely convicted of killing two FBI Agents in 1975 at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944) was an American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who was convicted and sentenced in 1977 to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for the murder of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who were killed during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

There is considerable debate over Peltier’s guilt and the fairness of his trial. During the original trial over the murder of the two FBI Agents, the two of three suspects were tried in Rapid City, SD, and found by a jury of South Dakota Resident’s not guilty. Subsequently the U. S. Justice Department had the trial for Leonard Peltier replaced with another judge, and subsequently produced evidence, which was fabricated by the FBI, to at least prosecute someone. In this case, it was Leonard, who got the full rath of the U. S. Justice System.

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