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Thursday, February 20, 2003

Review - In a Pig's Eye: Reflections on the Police State, Repression and Native America

Artist: Ward Churchill

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Ward Churchill is an American Indian activist who takes his cause directly to the people. "In a Pig's Eye" is a talk given by Churchill on the campus of the New College of California in San Francisco. The piece focuses on the plight of Leonard Peltier, imprisoned for the murder of two FBI agents during an uprising on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s. There were no witnesses, another man confessed to the crime, yet Peltier remains in Leavenworth Prison. Using Peltier to represent the result of what he calls "foreign domination," Churchill reviews the exploitation of the American Indian that began with the white man's "discovery" of the New World up through the abuses that led to the uprising at Pine Ridge. This treatise was offered barely four months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The creation of the Homeland Security Department and the legal changes rammed through Congress will surely provide fodder for future homilies by Churchill, but hopefully, not at the expense of Leonard Peltier's freedom.

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