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What Law Have I Broken?
Maker: Juan Reyna; Akwesasne Notes; Glad Day Press
Date Made: late 1970s
Place Made: North America: United States; New York, Rooseveltown
Measurements: 57.5 cm x 44 cm; 22 5/8 in x 17 5/16 in
Main Subject: Native Americans; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product); dry-mounted; wrapped, corners
"What Law Have I Broken? Is It Wrong For Me To Love My Own? Is It Wicked For Me Because My Skin Is Red? Because I Am Lakota, Because I Was Born Where My Father Lived, Because I Would Die For My People And My Country" --Sitting Bull Leonard Crow Dog is a medicine man of the Lakota People at Rosebud Reservation, as was his father and his fathers before him. He has also been a spiritual leader of the American Indian Movement, and as such, has faced a long series of legal harassments in the current repression of those who stand firm in their belief they belong to sovereign nations holding solemn treaties with the United States of America. Financial and other assistance to prevent Crow Dog from spending more time in the U.S. prison system can be sent to Crow Dog Defense Fund, Center for Constitutional Rights, 853 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003. The photograph for this poster was taken by Juan Reyna for Akwesasne Notes at the IFCO Consultation at Rosebud, October 1, 1975. This poster is one of a series published by Akwesasne Notes. Reprints of this poster, or any of the others, are available on heavy paper in color. They are 50 cents each. They can also be obtained at 3 for $1 plus 25 cents for a cardboard mailing tube by writing Akwesasne Notes, Mohawk Nation, via Rooseveltown, N.Y. 13683. The poster is also available in quantity as a useful means for groups raising funds for Crow Dog's legal defense. Glad Day Press
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In 1974, cabdriver George Aird was murdered in Ventura County, California. Two organizers with the American Indian Movement (AIM), Paul Skyhorse and Richard Mohawk were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. After a yearlong trial (and more than three years in the Ventura County Jail), the two were acquitted and released. It is believed that the FBI framed Skyhorse and Mohawk as part of the effort to discredit and destroy AIM.
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