THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, October 19, 1973
THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, October 19, 1973
ATTORNEY CHARGES MURDER
PINE RIDGE, South DakotaI
(Reuter)-A fugitive leader in the
71-day Indian occupation of the
Wounded Knee reservation was
shot and killed by police yesterday
in an exchange of gunfire as he
tried to avoid capture.
Pedro Bissonette, 27, head of a:
civil rights organization that en-,
couraged the American Indian
Movement (AIM) in the Feb. 27
march on Wounded Knee, was shot
in the chest after he tried to shoot
two officers who found him in a
car on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation last night.
IN RAPID CITY, South Dakota,
Mark Lane of New York,,an at-
torney with the Wounded Knee
legal defense-offense committee,
yesterday .called the death. "cold-
He said a team from his com-
mittee examined the body and
found seven bullet holes in the
chest and other wounds. Lane said
he asked that the body be returned
to Rapid City for examination by
an out-of-state pathologist, but the
body was taken to . Scotts Bluff,
BERLIN (UPI) - In spite of
the Berlin Wall and other secur-
ity installations put up by East
Germany, some 450 persons es-
cape to West Germany each
month. In 1972 the over-all total
of emigres was 5,537.
Nebraska. murder and impeding federal of-
. ficers. After an incident last month
press release issued from Min- in Nebraska another charge of
neapolis, called the shooting "a assault was filed against Bisson-
conspiracyctoassassinate the lead- ette, his bond was revoked and a
ership of AIM." Means said, "On bench warrant issued for his arrest.,
Mondlay people who believe in the William Clayton, U.S. attorney inj
American Indian treaty rights will Sioux Falls, S.D., said BissonetteI
converge on Pine Ridge to deal was shot once with a shotgun.
with outlaws of the United States." Clayton said he had requested the
FBI to make a thorough investiga-:
BISSONETTE HAD been free on tion. He said the Indian rights
bond on several charges stemming section of the department of justice
from tpte Wounded Knee occupa- civil rights division will also review
tion. Charges included attempted the matter.
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