[Local events] FWD: Tonight at PSU, Leonard Crowdog
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Wed May 20 17:39:50 PDT 2009
Lakota medicine man, activist, and author
Wednesday, May 20 (tonight)
Native American Student & Community Center
Portland State University
(SW Broadway & Jackson)
from Marc Moscato's blog:
Leonard Crowdog is a legend. He served as spiritual advisor to the
American Indian Movement (AIM) and played a pivotal role at Wounded Knee
during its 71-day siege in 1973. He will be speaking in defense of
American Indian activist Leonard Peltier; David Hill, official
spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, will also speak.
Organizers of the teach-in hope to raise awareness as part of a
nationwide effort to renew support for Peltier’s release. Peltier was
recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a sixth consecutive
year, and last fall, President Obama met with Native American leaders
and indicated his willingness to consider clemency.
Peltier’s case has been hotly debated as to his guilt and the fairness
of his trial. He was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of
life imprisonment for the murder of two FBI Agents in a 1975 shoot-out
on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. His story is vividly told in Peter
Matthiessen’s book In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and in Michael Apted’s
film Incident at Oglala.
The event is free and open to the public.
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