Leonard Peltier Is An Imprisoned Native American Essay

797 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Leonard Peltier is an imprisoned Native American. He lived on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and was arrested after an incident on the property. May events lead up to his arrest. The first incident happened on February 27, 1973. Members of the American Indian Movement, or AIM, staged a seventy-two-day occupation of land called, Wounded Knee. Their mission was to protest injustices against their tribes, such as violations of the many treaties. The United States government responded with a violent attack against the protesters. The stand out ended with US officials that promised hearings on treaty violations, these promises were never met. In the end use of military force by the U.S. government was later ruled unlawful on Native American lands.
Throughout the next three years FBI carried out intensive local stakeout, as well as the repeated arrests, and harassment and against AIM leaders and supporters. The FBI also reportedly helped and supported the "Guardians of the Oglala nation, or quite literally, the "GOONS. These “GOONS” caused chaos leading to sixty-four local Native Americans murders. The FBI agents seemed to be bystanders, for the “GOONS” only watching and not stopping any of their crimes. The victims of the crimes were members of AIM or their allies. The FBI did nothing to help stop the violence and they neglected investigated or resolved the murders. On June 26, 1975 two FBI agents, Mr. Jack Coler and Mr. Ron Williams, entered the Jumping Bull Ranch in an…

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