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 Leonard'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 Leonard's life,
but the life of all Indigenous Peoples struggling for the right of self-determination and
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 spirit 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.
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Oglala Commemoration Committee - 1939 Wentzville Pkwy - Suite 191 - Wentzville, Mo. 6338
A Missouri Non- Profit N00647721
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