Before Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas, the government militarily invaded the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota in 1975. Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) had been invited to the reservation to defend traditional Indians and elders against rampant FBI-sponsored violence and murder. At the time the number of murders on the reservation was greater than the number of murders in the rest of the state combined. Twenty three years ago today, a firefight broke out on the reservation in which two FBI agents and a Native American were killed. The murder of the Native American was never investigated. But in a case filled with manufactured evidence and intimidated witnesses, the government convicted Leonard Peltier of murdering the two agents. He is currently serving two consecutive life sentences at Leavenworth Prison.
- Peter Matthiesson, is author of a number of books including In ??The Spirit of Crazy Horse. He is also the author of the award-winning ??The Snow Leopard. His latest book is a work of fiction, ??Lost Man’s River, published by Random House.
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