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The American Indian Movement (AIM) was called upon
a generation ago by the Oglala traditionalists on
the reservation to protect the People. These
individuals; men, women, and children were routinely
terrorized. Acts of violence and retaliation were
played out throughout the community. No one was
immune from the cruelty and pervasive violence that
gripped the innocent of Pine Ridge. In struggling to
maintain traditional values, AIM was sought out to
provide assistance and protection from a flawed
tribal administration that failed to support its
people. The activists sought only to align
themselves in solidarity with the People against the
forces which sought to undermine the tribal
sovereignty of the Oglala Nation. These threats
existed not only on Pine Ridge, but in countless
other Nations throughout Indian Country as well.
After decades of neglect, exploitation, and
marginalization, opportunities arose that allowed
the Oglala to rise above their historical
circumstances and multi generational trauma to
empower themselves to bring about change through a
return to traditional values.
Answering the call for help, many travelled
great distances to lend support and protection.
One such individual was Leonard Peltier. As with many,
it was Leopard's desire to defend and protect
traditional people's right to exist and thrive that
brought him to Oglala. The events of June 26th are
forever emblazoned in the consciousness of all
Oglalas; it is this date that has forever changed
and affected not just Leopard's life, but the life
of all Indigenous Peoples struggling for the right of
self-determination and sovereignty.
To this day, Leonard sits in a prison which confines him
physically, yet fails to confine his spirit that
transcends the brick and mortar cell to which he is
subject. It is this sprit of hope that Leonard
believes will heal Native Nations and unite them in
the protection and preservation of sacred ceremony,
culture, language, and the responsible stewardship
of the land and its resources for the generations
yet to come.
The Oglala Commemoration Committee's goal is to
honor Leonard's wishes and to actively work to
promote these beliefs and values.
The Committee, through is efforts, continues to pay
respect to those who have made the ultimate
sacrifice in defense of Indigenous Rights.
Join us every June 26, in Oglala, South Dakota for
Leonard Peltier day. This is a free event and open
to the public. A day of remembrance, honoring ,
memorials , food and music.
A Special School Supply Drive
2013 Event Recap
Oglala Commemoration Committee - 1939 Wentzville Pkwy - Suite 191 -
Wentzville, Mo. 63385
A Missouri Non- Profit N00647721