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Free Leonard Peltier
Maker: Rupert García; Leonard Peltier Defense Committee; Jos Sances
Date Made: 1991
Place Made: North America: United States; California, Berkeley
Measurements: 76 cm x 56 cm; 29 15/16 in x 22 1/16 in
Main Subject: Native Americans; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Free Leonard Peltier Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (International Office) P.O. Box 583; Lawrence, Kansas 66044; 913/842-5774 Design by Rupert Garcia Printed by Jos Sances Artist's proof (c) Rupert Garcia
Acquisition Number: 1995-073
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LEONARD PELTIER & THE WOUNDED KNEE MASSACRE The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last major battle between U.S. troops and Native Americans. It took place on December 29, 1890, at Wounded Knee Creek in the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation, South Dakota. Among the 300 Sioux killed were many women and children. The soldiers later claimed that it was difficult to distinguish the Sioux women from the men. On February 28, 1973, members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized the village of Wounded Knee and challenged federal authorities to repeat the massacre. After 72 days, three deaths—a member of AIM and two FBI agents—and the wounding of many Native Americans, they surrendered, having drawn attention to Sioux grievances. The murder of AIM member, Joe Stuntz Killsright, who was shot in the back at close range, remains unsolved, as are the deaths of over 60 AIM members murdered between 1972 and 1976. Four men were charged with the murder of the FBI agents at Wounded Knee, two were acquitted and charges against a third were dropped. Leonard Peltier, the fourth man accused, is still imprisoned. The Supreme Court has refused to review the case despite documents proving that the FBI faked evidence, perjured themselves in court and coerced witnessed to make false statements against Peltier. Amnesty International, more than 50 members of Congress and 60 members of the Canadian Parliament have been unsuccessful in their appeals for Peltier to receive a new trial. He was denied parole in 2009.