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Winnipeg’s Métis Friendship Centre battles with AIM over who sits on the board, and what they can wear

winnipeg indian-and-metis-friendship-centreby Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, APTN National News, June 15, 2017

Another election was held to create a new board for the embattled Métis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg Wednesday night.

The centre was incorporated nearly 60 years ago – but has been in the limelight lately because of allegations of mismanagement and infighting. Read the rest of this entry

Native History: AIM Occupation of Wounded Knee Begins

WOUNDED KNEE STANDOFF

Robert Onco with his AK47 during the occupation of Wounded Knee, 1973.

Wounded Knee is hailed as one of AIM’s greatest successes

This Date in Native History: On February 27, 1973, about 250 Sioux Indians led by members of the American Indian Movement converged on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, launching the famous 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee.

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Leonard Peltier Denied Clemency by Obama

leonard-peltier-in-art-roomDemocracy Now!, January 18, 2017

The Office of the Pardon Attorney has announced President Obama has denied clemency to imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Peltier is a former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He has long maintained his innocence. Read the rest of this entry

Memories of the Wounded Knee Airlift April 17, 1973

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Armed warriors keep watch during the 73-day siege at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973.

By Larry Levin

It was bitterly cold that early April morning in 1973. We had taken off from Rapid City well before dawn. Our original plan was to land in Hot Springs, remove the rear doors from the three big Cherokee aircraft we were flying, and then head for Wounded Knee at tree-top level, ready to air drop two thousand pounds of food and supplies to its heroic defenders. Read the rest of this entry

Leonard Peltier: 41st Anniversary of the “Incident at Ogala”

Leonard PeltierJune 26, 2016

“Sisters, brothers, friends and supporters:

June 26th marks 41 years since the long summer day when three young men were killed at the home of the Jumping Bull family, near Oglala, during a firefight in which I and dozens of others participated. While I did not shoot (and therefore did not kill) FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, I nevertheless have great remorse for the loss of their young lives, the loss of my friend Joe Stuntz, and for the grieving of their loved ones. I would guess that, like me, many of my brothers and sisters who were there that day wish that somehow they could have done something to change what happened and avoid the tragic outcome of the shootout. Read the rest of this entry

Video: WARRIOR, The Life of Leonard Peltier

Posted to Youtube by Suzie Baer, Oct 17, 2015

This is the definitive feature documentary about American Indian activist, Leonard Peltier. His story is told within the context of the American Indian Movement, the US federal government, and the multi national companies interested in mining the land in South Dakota.

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Robert Redford renews fight to release jailed AIM activist Leonard Peltier

Leonard PeltierTells Sunday Edition host Michael Enright he is pushing for a pardon from Obama

By Michael Enright, CBC News, April 6, 2014

On June 26, 1975, two FBI agents drove onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Jack Coler and Ronald Williams were looking to arrest a man named Jimmy Eagle, who was suspected of stealing a pair of cowboy boots.

Pine Ridge had been a nightmare of violence, intimidation, murder and mayhem almost on a daily basis.

There had been more than 60 killings in just a couple of years in confrontations between members of the activist American Indian Movement, and groups of thugs who controlled life on the reservation. Read the rest of this entry

Gunfire, Drumming & Singing Mark Wounded Knee 40 Year Anniversary

by Kristi Eaton, Associated Press, Feb 28, 2013

Armed participants at the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee.

Armed participants at the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee.

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. — A Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident who found herself in the middle of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation said Wednesday amid ceremonial gunfire and chants that little has changed since the fatal standoff. Read the rest of this entry

Fledgling AIM Winnipeg chapter ‘committed to action.’

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Jan 23, 2012

Train blockade at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Jan 16, 2013. AIM flag in background.

Train blockade at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Jan 16, 2013. AIM flag in background.

The American Indian Movement is in the final stages of sanctioning a chapter in Winnipeg  that is prepared for “direct” action to extract “justice” from Canada, members said Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Russell Means Passes to the Spirit World

Leonard Peltier’s Statement for Russell Means

October 22, 2012

Greetings my relatives and friends

I wish I was there to talk with you in person and share with you the sorrow that I feel with the passing of Russell Means, my brother, my friend, and inspiration on many levels. Russell Means will always be an icon whenever the American Indian Movement is spoken of and whenever people talk about the changes that took place, the changes that are taking place now for Indian people. Read the rest of this entry