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October, 2013

Native American leaders to hold Leonard Peltier Tribunal Oct. 2-4
Plan to put U.S. government on trial
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Minnesota: This month, the U.S. government will stand trial for “malfeasance in Indian Country.” Witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify.

"The Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights” will be held in Oneida, Wisconsin from October 2-4. After three days of testimony, a panel of judges will rule on:

1. The United States' conduct around the case of Leonard Peltier

"The Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights will tell our stories with a focus on the last 40 years,” said Dorothy Ninham, former Oneida Nation judge and founder of Wind Chases the Sun.

It's been nearly 40 years since the 1975 uprising at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Leonard Peltier, a leader in the American Indian Movement, was convicted of killing two FBI agents in a battle that took place there. Amnesty International and many international figures have denounced Peltier’s two life sentences as a gross miscarriage of justice.

“This isn’t just about one day in Pine Ridge. It’s a culmination of everything that has been done to that led up the Indian people saying we won’t take it anymore.”

2. The United States' oppression of Native peoples

Leaders from many Native struggles will serves as witnesses about abuses meted out in Indian Country. These abuses include:

Fishing rights Sterilization of Indigenous women
Theft of tribes' natural resources Extreme poverty
Environmental issues and their impact on Indian reservations The horrific suicide rates   among Native children
The wrongful conviction of Leonard Peltier  specifically, the events leading to the 1975 incident on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the effects on the survivors.






“We will show overall government policies that affected our people and the American Indian Movement,” said Clyde Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Organizers are exploring ways to bring the tribunal's findings to the World Court in the Netherlands.

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