[Local events] FWD: Tonight at PSU, Leonard Crowdog

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Wed May 20 17:39:50 PDT 2009

Leonard Crowdog

Lakota medicine man, activist, and author

Wednesday, May 20 (tonight)
7:00 pm

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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