39th annual Leonard Peltier Day in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

June 26, 2014 Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Imprisoned for nearly four decades, but not forgotten by his supporters a vigil was held today in honor of Leonard Peltier an American Indian Movement activist.

Peltier was convicted of aiding and abetting the murder of two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975.

He has now served 39 years in prison.
The Wounded Knee occupation of 1973 marked the beginning of a three year period of political violence on the Reservation in South Dakota.

"The Wounded Knee demands are simple, hearings at two senate committee meetings, investigation of treaty rights and an end to getting rid of the tribal chairman who sort of started the reign of terror," said John Iversen, a community activist.

Many activists believe Peltier is innocent and are calling on President Obama to grant him clemency.
June 26 marks the 39th anniversary of incident.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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