July 11, 2008

Myth busters target Peltier

American Indian Movement (AIM) Myth Busters Appear on Montana Television Joseph and John Trimbach, the AIM Myth Busters, appeared June 30 on the television show, Native View with Jenna Spotted Wolf (www.native-view.com). The show is being broadcast throughout Montana daily. (Copies available on request.)

The Trimbachs talked about their book, American Indian Mafia, An FBI Agent’s True Story About Wounded Knee, Leonard Peltier, and the American Indian Movement (AIM). Much of the discussion focused on the upcoming trial of John Graham, the alleged triggerman in the 1975 murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash.
And:Also discussed was the falsified history of Pine Ridge and the manufactured persona of convicted killer Leonard Peltier. The Trimbachs offered as examples of doctored history Peter Matthiessen’s book, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, and Robert Redford’s documentary, “Incident at Oglala,” both of which attempt to exonerate Peltier.

Trimbach’s first-person account is the long-awaited correction to the historical record of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. American Indian Mafia blows away prevailing myths about the American Indian Movement of the 1970s and offers present-day solutions to Indian Country’s most pressing issues.
Comment:  I haven't read In the Spirit of Crazy Horse yet, but I have seen Incident at Oglala. As I recall, it postulated that a mysterious Mr. X, not Peltier, killed the FBI agents. Since the movie didn't identify this person or offer any evidence of his existence, its claim wasn't credible.

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