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Leonard Peltier Thanksgiving Statement

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Leonard Peltier, Native American Prisoner of War in the USA, currently held in a Florida prison.

Greetings my friends, relatives and supporters.

Once again, I can’t tell you how much i am so honored that you would want to hear my words, or should i say read my words. You can’t imagine the thoughts that go through my head at times whenever everything is still and quiet in the night, when i lay there staring into the dark with day dreams of how things could possibly be better. Read the rest of this entry

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Dennis Banks, the American Indian Movement

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Dennis Banks during the occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973.  He passed away on Oct 29, 2017.

by Delphine Red Shirt, Lakota Times, November 2, 2017

What many people don’t know is that the activism that Dennis Banks and others became involved in started in the period from 1953 to 1954 when the U.S. engaged in a policy known as termination. Where Congress decided to dismantle the reservation system. Read the rest of this entry

American Indigenous activist Dennis Banks dead at 80

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In a Friday, May 14, 2010 photo, American Indigenous activist Dennis Banks waits to board a canoe to spread a net on Lake Bemidji near Bemidji, Minn., during an American Indian treaty rights protest. Banks, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation, died Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (Chris Polydoroff/Pioneer Press via AP)

Family says Banks developed pneumonia after undergoing heart surgery last month.

The Associated Press, October 30, 2017

The family of American Indigenous activist Dennis Banks says he was surrounded by family when he died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Banks’ family says the 80-year-old developed pneumonia after undergoing heart surgery earlier this month and didn’t want to be put on life support. He died Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry

First nations protesters block stretch of Highway 1 east of Winnipeg

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

Indigenous Anti-Fascist Rally in Winnipeg

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Indigenous warriors and Antifa confront police vehicle during rally against right wing extremists in Winnipeg, June 3, 2017.

by  JASON FRIESEN, Winnipeg Sun, June 3, 2017

Punches were thrown and a 22-year-old individual was arrested as a rally and counter-rally collided at the Manitoba Legislature on Saturday.

The individual who identifies as transgender was arrested for obstructing a peace officer but was later released from custody on a promise to appear in court. Read the rest of this entry

Native History: AIM Occupation of Wounded Knee Begins

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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

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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

Five treated after driver hits Reno Columbus Day protesters

columbus-day-drive-thruKOLO TV, October 10, 2016

RENO, Nev. Officials with REMSA said five people were treated for minor injuries after being hit by a pickup driver during a confrontation in downtown Reno. It happened during a Columbus Day protest put on by the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada (AIMNN). Read the rest of this entry