Lakota museum to open in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is opening a Lakota museum in Rapid City this weekend.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A supporter of jailed American Indian activist Leonard Peltier says he considers President Donald Trump "a wild card" who might be willing to look into setting Peltier free.
The 73-year-old Peltier has spent most of his life in prison for the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975. President Barack Obama denied a clemency request for Peltier before leaving office last year.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Institute of American Indian Arts has acquired the archives and art collection of longtime Native American historian and advocate Suzan Harjo.
The institute made the announcement Wednesday, noting that Harjo recently decided to make the donation following decades of advocacy for Native arts and culture.
Leonard Peltier sues after his art pulled from Olympia exhibit
White House denies clemency for Indian activist Peltier
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has denied a clemency request by American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, Peltier's attorney said Thursday.
His attorney, Martin Garbus, said they received a letter from the White House on Wednesday night saying their application to commute his sentence to the 40 years he's already served has been denied.
Indian activist Peltier’s supporters hope for clemency
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Supporters of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, hope President Barack Obama will grant him clemency and shorten his sentence to the four decades he has already served before Obama leaves office Friday.
Among those supporting Peltier's last-ditch bid for freedom is Pope Francis, who wrote to the White House on Tuesday, Peltier's attorney, Martin Garbus, said Wednesday.
American University moving statue that sparked criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) — American University is removing a statue of a man convicted of killing two FBI agents that has sparked criticism since it was installed.
Local media report the statue of Leonard Peltier was erected last month by clemency activists who say prosecutors in his trial coerced witnesses and withheld evidence. Peltier was convicted in the 1975 killings of Jack Coler and Ron Williams on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
What whites call the “Indian Wars” are not over, despite proclamations by the U.S. Army toward the end of the 19th century. And if you were Leonard Peltier, you would know this very directly and personally. Peltier has been imprisoned for more than 40 years for a crime that intensive recent legal research indicates he may well be innocent of committing. That research indicates also that the court proceedings against him were highly irregular in nature.
I am writing to add my support to beg the New Mexico Department of Transportation to please enact safeguards at the Interstate 25 and U.S. 285 interchange (“Third wrong-way driver in month arrested near S.F.,” Oct. 17). This exit ramp has proved to be challenging, even for sober drivers in broad daylight. At night, this intersection is poorly lit and marked and, as a result, we continue to see death in the northbound lanes. Perhaps Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church should have to call personally on the families of those killed to explain why nothing has been done to assist drivers to avoid mistakes at this obviously poorly designed crossroad. Please reconsider your decision to leave this interchange as is. Lives are depending on it.