In 1975, Rom Williams and Jack Coler, Special Agents of the FBI, and young men both, were ambushed and murdered by Leonard Peltier and other accomplices at Pine Ridge American Indian reservation.
The FBI, through its retired agents program, has created a moving video tribute to these two men. We find out how handsome and charismatic Ron was, how much Jack loved his family and nature. It is a moving and relevant portrait of their lives, narrated by friends and family members. Speaking for myself, it is very moving and relevant to see these tow men as the human beings they were. personalities in conflicted historical events are often lost, their lives and humanity eclipsed by arguments and details of the tragedy that took them from the human family.
As a representative of American Indian religious and spiritual values, I share with their families and colleagues the honorable lives they lived and share their sorrow in the murder and senseless behavior that took place on American Indian land.
The men who took their lives are criminals and cowards. On that day they disgraced the American Indian community by their thoughtless rage. Leonard Peltier has somehow managed to hijack society's interest and concern about American Indians. Over the years he has worked to create a mythology that he is somehow a hero to American Indians. He is not. We are all ashamed of him. I have never met another American Indian who believes his story or who respects him. He should never be, and will not be released from prison.
If you visit the Ed Woods project, the link is here, (No Parole Peltier Association) you can study the detailed history and facts about the circumstances of Peltier's crime, read about his many incriminating statements, follow all the legal arguments and appeals that keep him in prison for the crime of first degree murder. This is the best source right now for the facts of the case and real time updates about the legal arguments. Peltier has a web site of course, filled with pleads for money that no one knows what it is used for. It is the digital crying stone for a coward. Mr. Woods is a retired Special Agent In Charge of the FBI. He was the senior agent in charge of the investigations of the FBI in the region that includes Pine Ridge. Pine Ridge is a federal American Indian reservation housing members of the Lakota Sioux tribal nation.
About this video, Mr Woods said this, "The following video, prepared by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI allows us now to know them as real people, as honorable human beings that left a void well beyond those who knew and loved them."
The link for the video is here. Please take a moment to find out about the lives of these two fine young men and share it with others.
Ojibwe Wabeeno Jessakid
Keeper of the Sacred Pipes of the Eastern Gate