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Incident at Oglala (1992)

This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Zigrossi ...
Himself - Former Assistant FBI Regional Head, South Dakota
Robert Sikma ...
Himself - Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
Darelle 'Dino' Butler ...
Himself (as Darrelle [Dino] Butler)
Bob Robideau ...
Himself
Norman Brown ...
Himself
Leonard Peltier ...
Himself (archive footage)
Duane Brewer ...
Himself - Former Goon Squad Member
Calvin Jumping Bull ...
Himself
William Muldrow ...
Himself - U.S. Government Commission on Civil Rights
Dennis Banks ...
Himself - Co-Founder American Indian Movement
James Abourezk ...
Himself - Former U.S. Senator, South Dakota
Sam Loud Hawk ...
Himself
Richard Wilson ...
Himself - Tribal Council Chairman (archive footage)
Severt Young Bear Sr. ...
Himself (as Severt Young Bear)
...
Himself - National Spokesperson, American Indian Movement
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On June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, two FBI agents were killed in a shootout with a group of Indians. Although several men were charged with killing the agents, only one, Leonard Peltier, was found guilty. This film describes the events surrounding the shootout and suggests that Peltier was unjustly convicted. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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A murder. A mystery. A mockery of justice.


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26 June 1992 (USA)  »

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Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story  »

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$536,848 (USA)
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Michael Apted first learned of Leonard Peltier's story while he was researching for his thriller Thunderheart (1992). See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

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Butler Honoring Song
Performed by Milton 'Quiltman' Sahme (as Quiltman) & Mark Shark
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Bleak, righteous, eye-opening documentary - a real must-see
18 September 2003 | by (Chapel Hill, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Easily one of the finest American documentaries ever, INCIDENT AT OGLALA is also something of a companion to Peter Matthiessen's exhaustive and controversial book 'In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse.' Complementing each other perfectly, they both relate the details surrounding the trial and imprisonment of Leonard Peltier.

Beginning with depictions of the appalling social conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the film builds through depictions of the stand-offs and confrontations on the res between AIM members (American Indian Movement) and authorities both local and federal. If nothing else, INCIDENT AT OGLALA underscores the harsh truism that there's plenty of nasty injustice to be found in the US, and that fairness can be an elusive and nebulous concept with distressing regularity.

See this film (and also director Michael Apted's excellent follow-up, MOVING THE MOUNTAIN).


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