Michele Bollinger documents a cruel story of the American injustice system. Peltier's case is one of the awful travesties of the U. Like these individuals, Peltier is rightly considered by his supporters to be a political prisoner--because his prosecution and conviction was driven solely by his participation in the American Indian Movement AIM in the s. Since his conviction inhe has been a victim--repeatedly--of the racism of the U.
Here, he portrays himself as the traditional warrior he is. Leonard Peltier, Anishinabe-Lakota, a leader of the American Indian Movement, AIM, writer and poet, has just completed 40 years in prison, and is one of the political prisoners jailed for the longest time in the whole planet.
When he was captured, in Februaryhe was a young man, struggling for the rights of the Native peoples, who had already known repression and jail from an early age.
Now, almost blind and very ill, he endures a cruel and totally unjust captivity.
Condemned without a single piece of evidence, in a process characterized by manipulation and illegality, he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences that he has been serving in maximum security prisons, subjected to particularly harsh conditions, with an inhumanity that considers neither his fragile health nor his advanced age.
The atrocity of Wounded Knee II and the growing presence of agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, and paramilitary groups created an atmosphere of terror in the area where recent discovery of uranium and other minerals had fed Anglo-Saxon greed.
Buried in maximum security prisons for 40 years, provided almost no medical care, his sight now failing, Leonard Peltier still stands strong and defiant against injustice. Send our brother some love and light: BoxColeman FL Solidarity spread to other sectors. In his place, he sent Apache actress Sacheen Littlefeather as he protested the treatment of the Native people and the massacre at Wounded Knee.
AIM sent several activists, Leonard Peltier among them. In Junea strange incident occurred there, during which two FBI agents and a number of unarmed civilian Natives lost their lives.
The names and number of the dead Natives have been consigned to obscurity. In any event, several facts were evident.
The Native people were harassed in their own refuge, which they did not leave to attack anyone. Who penetrated the reservation before the incident were scores of FBI agents, who were heavily armed as were the paramilitaries at their service.
If any Native had fired a weapon, something that has not been proven, it would have been a desperate act of self-defense. The authorities filed charges only against Native people. Peltier sought refuge in Canada, where he was captured on Feb.
Meanwhile, his comrades were freed for lack of evidence.
The charges against Peltier were fabricated from beginning to end by the FBI. Revelations that followed the trial, obtained after long efforts by his defense attorneys through the Freedom of Information Act, prove the fraudulent character of the whole process: Imagine how heartening it would be if Leonard Peltier could come to Standing Rock to stand with his people.The trial of Peltier was a farce of monumental proportions.
It was convincingly proven by Robert Redford, another great North American artist, in his documentary, “Incident at Oglala: the Leonard Peltier Story,” produced in , but so severely censured that few have ever seen it.
The reasons are obvious.
Leonard Peltier should be released. Even if he was guilty, there was plenty of wrong done by the feds as well, and by the crooked people who were running Pine Ridge at that time with government sanction. The Case of Leonard Peltier Leonard Peltier was convicted and sentenced in for the murder of two FBI agents who were shot dead in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation located in . Unlike most editing & proofreading services, we edit for everything: grammar, spelling, punctuation, idea flow, sentence structure, & more. Get started now!
Rhetorical Exclusion in the Trial of Leonard Peltier Mark Meister, Ann Burnett The American Indian Quarterly, Volume 28, Number 3&4, Summer/Fall , erally mandated injustice.3 Since his imprisonment they have our analysis shows that Peltier and the Indian culture were “Othered” during the trial.
Presently in rhetorical. The word, ‘committed’ sounds like they’re obligated to do something, which is questioning are they really free?
Peltier, however, is making a difference. He is fostering change. The controversial text about the Leonard Peltier case, The Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen is not simply a non-fiction work offering details about the government-led violent events that occurred during the infamous shootout and conflicts between the F.B.I, United States government, AIM activists and the people they were defending, this case .
LEONARD PELTIER is an innocent man who has spent over 33 terrible years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. In , he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the deaths of two FBI. In the case of Leonard Peltier, his arrest and conviction were the result of the atmosphere of fear, anxiety, tension, and violence prevalent in the cultural and historical contexts associated with the murder of .