In the film “Incident at Oglala,” Bob Robideau proclaims
“We needed to capture these two agents, we didn’t know they were agents at the time. We didn’t have any idea who they were. We felt it had become necessary to capture them and that’s what we were going to do.”
There are several obvious problems with this fantasy scenario.
Everyone on the Reservation knew who the federal agents were; even during Peltier’s trial when Angie Long Visitor said “I looked over and seen them two FBI cars standing there.” “Because nobody has new cars around here.” And because of the “aerials.” (transcript 2657). In other words, everyone knew that white guys in civilian clothes driving late model cars with antennas, were Feds. No secret there.
Then when did the scenario change? They were first going to “capture” the agents, but after they were severely wounded and unable to defend themselves they were both shot in the face at point-blank range. So the capture, after it became obvious they were agents, turned into murder?
But Robideau had an explanation for that too. In the film he describes the phantom Mr. X: “That day I noticed a red pickup coming down from that white house up there (pointing for the camera), and when it got on the other side of these cars, it stopped, an individual got out, of course I knew who he was…and fired and killed both of them. Shorty after that the individual got back into the driver’s side of the pickup, and the pickup left, and made its way up along this tree line up here (still pointing for the camera) and past the green house and I never saw the red pickup again.”
(Mr. X, by the way, was allegedly bringing dynamite to the camp that day. And let’s not forget that Dino Butler called both Robideau and Peltier liars on Mr. X and this fable.)
So we have a feigned capture plot, a known shooter who does the deed and drives off, and yet, according to Leonard Peltier, it was all “pre-planned,” almost ordained.
In his secondary-school level book, Prison Writings, Peltier offered this whopper of a tale: “I can't believe that the FBI intended the deaths of their own agents…nor does it jibe with the fact that scores, even hundreds, of FBI Agents, federal marshals, BIA police, and GOONS were all lying in wait in the immediate vicinity. It seems they thought they'd barge in on that phony pretext, draw some show of resistance from our AIM spiritual camp, then pounce on the compound with massive force.” (Page 113)
“Hundreds?” “Massive force?” “All lying in wait?”
Interesting, yet in Robideau’s tale they had plenty of time to shoot at the agents, wound them, kill them, steal their weapons and one of the vehicles, before the first agent even showed up at Jumping Bull.
All this fantasy is disproven by the fact of Agent Williams’ radio calls for assistance and that the nearest agent and two BIA officers were about twelve miles away when this all started. The responding agent and officers were also shot at when they attempted to enter the Jumping Bull property from Highway 18.
And, of course, this all flies in the face of Peltier’s latest reinvention of that day (“They attacked the Village,” NPPA Blog, 12/27/11).
Robideau’s statements stand, along with “Incident at Oglala” because Peltier still relies on Robert Redford’s fantasy remake of Peter Matthiessen’s “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,” who was characterized by a Harvard law professor as "Mr. Matthiessen is at his worst when he becomes a polemicist for his journalistic clients. He is utterly unconvincing-indeed embarrassingly sophomoric-when he pleads the legal innocence of individual Indian criminals." In other words, both works are fatally flawed…carbon copies as it were…but we cannot ignore the direct and recorded statements from either Robideau or Peltier.
Adding more insult and injury to Peltier’s cause even Peter Matthiessen didn’t by the pre-planed tale; “…the agents pulled up in that vulnerable place down in the pasture because they heard a warning shot or came under fire; if there is another persuasive explanation of the location and position of their cars, I cannot find it.” (ITSOCH p.544) In other words, for the factually challenged, feeble-minded Peltier sycophants, the Agents were attacked and murdered at Jumping Bull that day.
The fabled and feigned innocence and the remanufacturing of facts continues embarrassingly in the Peltier camp…their problem lies in the fact that their claims are so easily dispelled as Peltier continues to foster the myth that he somehow legitimizes a rich Native American history.
“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
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