Monday, July 27, 2015

Beauty and Injustice in Lakota Land

...This is the place where in the turbulent nineteen seventies a gunfight broke out on a hot June day that took the lives of three people. Two FBI agents and one Native American man. Less then two months after the fall of Saigon, Pine Ridge was in a state of utter chaos and dealing with a tribal civil war that had strong cultural overtones and environmental implications. It was just two years after the Wounded Knee occupation that had the nation riveted each evening to the six o'clock news.

Today many of the participants of that drama are gone. Many of the lawyers, judges, and one of those charged and found innocent on grounds of self defense is gone. Only Leonard Peltier remains behind bars as a distant reminder of those hateful and fateful days...


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