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Leonard Peltier
This paper discusses the life and work of Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement activist, who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of two FBI Agents; however, his guilt is disputed.
# 64796 | 1,315 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2005 | US

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This paper explains that Leonard Peltier, a Lakota-Ojibwe Indian, raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation, experienced the government's intrusion on the rights of his people when he was sent to a U.S. residential boarding school for Native Americans. The author points out that Peltier, who was an active member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which was founded to protect Indian people from cultural, spiritual and physical genocide, and his supporters believe that he was targeted by the FBI's COINTELPRO program, which suppresses people by using methods of arrest, slander and attack. The paper relates that Peltier's plight as a living martyr garnered international attention after the publication of Peter Matthiessen's famous book, "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse", in 1983; Peltier's supporters included such people as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Mother Theresa, Amnesty International and 50 members of the U.S. Congress.

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"Peltier's co-defendants, were tried separately. Civil rights lawyer, William Kunstler, defended Butler and Robideau and argued that they had fired in self-defense. Kunstler expounded on, throughout the trial, the saga of white oppression of American Indians. Peltier's trial, in Fargo, North Dakota, had a different tone, Judge Paul Benson refused to allow any testimony unrelated to the events at Pine Ridge. The all-white jury did not hear of the injustices experienced by the American Indians. Peltier was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms."

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