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(en) [EDITED] US, Canada, Native Group Protests At Peace Bridge For Release Of Leonard Peltier

From DAMN <damn@tao.ca>
Date Wed, 9 Feb 2000 10:39:16 -0500


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Source: NativeNews (by way of ishgooda@voyager.net) Reference: www.turtleisland.org

More than 200 natives crossed the Peace Bridge into Canada on Saturday,
protesting what they say is unfair treatment of aboriginals on both sides of
the border. 

Led by a ceremonial drum corps, members of the North American Native
Warriors marched from the FBI building in Buffalo, N.Y., to Fort Erie. 

The group said the protest focused on the case of Leonard Peltier, 55, who
is serving two life sentences for the allebed murders of FBI special agents Ronald
Williams and Jack Coler in 1975. 

"We want justice," Grandpa Bear, national director for the group, said in an
interview from the bridge. 

The agents were killed after shooting broke out with a group of native
campers at the troubled Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. 
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Peltier was convicted two years later, after Canadian officials allowed his
extradition from Alberta partly based on an affidavit from a woman later
shown to be mentally unfit. 

Supporters also say the FBI intimidated witnesses and withheld documents and
that his extradition was unfair. 

In October, Justice Minister Anne McLellan said a judicial review had
concluded the extradition was proper. 

Organizers said Saturday's protest was also in support of Dudley George, a
native man shot and killed by an Ontario Provincial Police officer during a
native protest occupation of a provincial park in Ipperwash, Ont., in 1995. 

The officer was convicted of criminal negligence causing death in 1997 and
given a two-year suspended sentence, but is currently appealing the verdict.



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