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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
onal values.

Answering the call for help, many traveled  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 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 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 vision and to actively work to promote these beliefs
and values.
The Committee, through it's efforts, continues to pay respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice  in defense of
Indigenous Rights.
June us every June 26th in Oglala, South Dakota for Leonard Peltier Day.
This is a free event and opened to all  family and supporters. A day of remembrance, honoring, memorials, food and