Who is Leonard Peltier and why should we care?


Leaders of the Oglala Lakota nation have announced that June 26th would be Leonard Peltier day.

But who is Leonard Peltier and why should you care?


Let’s learn some history…

In the early seventies there was a three year period of very serious political violence on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  This small community had the highest per capita murder rate in the state.  Much of this was due to the work of the corrupt tribal chairman Richard “Dick” Wilson who used a private militia known as the “Guardians of the Oglala Nation,” or GOONs, to crush political opponents and dissent very violently. His opponents were traditionalist members of the tribe that opposed his election and rule.

These traditionalist members eventually reached out to the American Indian Movement (AIM), a group that Peltier was a member and leader of. Peltier, with other AIM members, set up camp on the Jumping…

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