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Free Richard Mohawk Paul Skyhorse

ID Number: 15487
Maker: Peace Press; Dave "Buffalo" Greene
Technique: offset
Date Made: circa 1976
Place Made: North America: United States; California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 57.3 cm x 44.7 cm; 22 9/16 in x 17 5/8 in
Main Subject: Native Americans; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Free Richard Mohawk Paul Skyhorse Free All Political Prisoners Stop All Attacks On Indian People Artwork & Layout by Dave "Buffalo" Greene


Acquisition Number: 2001-113

Notes:
PAUL SKYHORSE AND RICHARD MOHAWK 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. Copyright status determined by date estimate. Works published in the U.S. before 1978 and without a copyright notice are in the public domain.


Copyright Status:
Probably public domain.


Exhibition Annotation:
In 1974, cabdriver George Aird was murdered in Ventura County, California. Acting on an anonymous tip, the FBI arrested Paul Skyhorse and Richard Mohawk, two organizers with the American Indian Movement (AIM), and charged them with first degree murder. On May 24, 1978, after four years of incarceration, Skyhorse and Mohawk were found not guilty. However, the apparent frame-up had succeeded; the Southern California AIM was financially devastated by the trial and fractured beyond repair. It is believed that the FBI, through its Domestic Counter Intelligence Programs (COINTELPRO), framed Skyhorse and Mohawk as part of the effort to discredit and destroy AIM. COINTELPROs were covert and often illegal operations designed to infiltrate, destabilize, and destroy organizations that law enforcement and government officials deemed as threats to national security. In the 1940s and 1950s, COINTELPROs were directed almost exclusively at the Socialist Workers Party and the Communist Party, USA. During the late 1960s the vast majority of COINTELPRO operations were directed against black organizations, for the purpose of causing internal dissent and conflicts with other black organizations. They were also directed against the American Indian Movement, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and almost all groups protesting the Viet Nam War.



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