In the spirit of crazy horse: the story of leonard peltier and the fbi's war on the american indian movement [peter matthiessen] on amazoncom free on june 26, 1975, in the late morning, two fbi agents drove onto indian land near oglala, south dakota, a small village on the pine ridge reservation here a. Anna mae was murdered on the pine ridge reservation in south dakota her body at an aim conference held in farmington, nm in 1975, leonard peltier was assigned the task of confronting aquash and accusing her of being an fbi informant, according to an interview by peter matthiessen peltier. Leonard peltier, (born september 12, 1944, grand forks, north dakota, us), american indian (mostly ojibwa) activist who, after becoming one of the almost exclusively on the basis of the testimony of myrtle poor bear, a woman who ultimately was found to be mentally unstable and unable to testify at peltier's trial. The official untruths begin on the very first page of accounting for native american deaths, with a forward provided by douglas j domin, special agent in charge of the same conclusion was reached by the jury in the 1976 murder trial of aim members bob robideau and dino butler, after it had been presented with a. Leonard peltier (born september 12, 1944) is a native american activist, a citizen of the anishinabe & dakota/lakota nations, and member of the american indian movement (aim) in 1977, he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first-degree murder in the shooting of two federal.
American indian activist leonard peltier was wrongfully charged with the murder of two fbi agents in 1977, and has been imprisoned ever since his son chauncey peltier spoke with us about his father's case and the determined campaign for his release. (peltier claims that the confrontation that led to the charge was an anti-aim set-up , and that he decamped - ironically, given later events - to avoid a kangaroo court the case was dismissed in 1978 on the fairly fundamental grounds that the pistol peltier was alleged to have fired at the cop was broken and. Summary of leonard peltier's case drive-by shootings, firebombings, and other assaults against traditionals were rampant, giving pine ridge the highest per-capital murder rate in the country despite at peltier's trial the judge barred most of the overwhelming amount of evidence in peltier's defense.
At peltier's trial before an all-white jury, prosecutors used false testimony against him, some of it obtained through torture one particularly repugnant example: the fbi produced affidavits by a woman named mabel poor bear, who said she was leonard's girlfriend and claimed to have seen him shoot. This is a 1992 photo of indian activist leonard peltier, taken at the federal prison at leavenworth, kansas “we believe that the trial was influenced by the political issues of the time, but mainly we've been couching our language on this case specifically on the fair trial issue - that he should be released.
I published the following essay elsewhere and am quoting almost all of it here: when government officials engage in illegal or improper acts that lead to a conviction, that conviction should be reconsidered in the case of leonard peltier the misconduct of the fbi prevented him from getting a fair trial he has. However, the government's case against peltier is anything but compellingit hinges on the prosecution's claim that he shot coler and williams at close range with an ar-15 assault rifle however, the fbi's own firearms expert reported that the alleged weapon was so badly damaged that it was impossible to link it with any of. Taped to one door is a photocopied picture of leonard peltier spirit of crazy horse inc is emblazoned in black on the plate-glass window this tiny two- room when those weapons eventually did turn up, they became a crucial part of the case against peltier, robideau, and butler in september.