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T HE DISRUPTION and destruction of
Indian life on the Pine Ridge
Reservation in South Dakota continues
under the threats and abuses of the
While in Washington over vacation
I decided to hear the FBI's version of
their deeds in South Dakota. Their re-
sponse was both incredible and dis-
A receptionist at the new J. Edgar
Hoover Building sent me to a build-
ing across the street, where, he said,
I would talk to a receptionist on a
phone. He would connect me with their
South Dakota office there, at which
point I would talk to someone over
the phone, or more likely, someone
would take me up to their office where
we could talk.
gan my conversation with the reception-
ist. He started off by telling me that
there was no one there for me to talk
to, that I would have to go to South
Dakota to talk to someone about what
the FBI is doing on the Pine Ridge
Reservation in South Dakota.
I told him what the first reception-
ist told me, at which point he asked
me my name and address. When I
asked him why he wanted to know
these things, he answered, "Because
the FBI needs to know." Then he ask-
ed for my date of birth.
Following this he asked what I want-
ed to know, why I wanted to know it.
what I had heard about the FBI in
South Dakota, and who my sources of
information were. At this he asked,
"Do you need to know what the FBI
is doing in South Dakota?"
I said yes, and he asked, "Do you
really need to know what the FBI is
doing?" Again I said yes.
Then the voice on the telephone an-
swered my request to talk to someone
about the FBI's activities in South Da-
kota. His incredible answer was, "Only
the FBI needs to know what the FBI
is doing in South Dakota. You don't
need to know anything about what the
FBI is doing." He repeated these state-
ments two or three times, and ended
his remarks by saying, "The FBI doesn't
have to tell you anything."
reply, I asked, "Is that it?" After a

ten-second silence he hung up, appar-
ently content with the Orwellian no-
tion that "Ignorance is strength."
According to Ellison, only the Asso-
ciated Press provides any media in-
formation about ongoing events in South
Dakota, and they get their information
when the FBI phones in their version
of what happens on the reservation.
But others in close contact with the
reservation itself have their own account
of the situation.
Last winter I heard Mark Lane, de-
fendant for Russel Means and Dennis
Banks, describe numerous flagrant vio-
lations of decency and law. During the
FBI siege two summers ago when the
Indians attempted to declare their sov-
ereignty at Wounded Knee, Lane was
arrested more than once by the FBI for
the crime of trying to bring food and
medicine into the reservation.
The FBI's frustrated attempts to find
a single witness to testify on their be-
half finally turned up what Lane de-
scribed as "an emotionally troubled
young man." Through his own investi-
gations, Lane discovered that the FBI
had "wined and dined" this Indian for
two weeks at "the kind of hotel where
IBM executives would stay." Also, the
FBI promised to drop rape charges
against him if he would testify. These
discoveries, along with other instances
of illegality and misconduct by the FBI
relating to the case caused the judge
to drop charges.
ON DECEMBER 10, 1975 Wounded
Knee Legal Defense attorney Bruce El-
lison described current FBI activities
on the reservations. According to El-
lison, 40 deaths have occurred on the
reservation within the past year, while
100-200 FBI agents patrol the territory.
In his words, they are equipped with
"the latest weaponry and technology
used in the Vietnam War."
Last summer two FBI agents were
supposedly "executed" on ground where
bunkers and fighting ditches had sup-
posedly been set up. Ellison had a look
at the scene of the incident where the
two constructions were, respectively, root
cellars and drainage ditches. Finally, one
of the agents was carrying two hand-
guns, a shotgun, and another rifle when
he was "executed."
During Ellison's talk the trial of an
11-year-old Indian boy was under way.
The FBI wanted him to testify on their
pounds. He went to see the machine

Russell Means Dennis Banks

'Only the FBI needs to know anything
about what the FBI is doing in South Da-
kota. You don't need to know anything
about what the FBI is doing.' He repeated
these statements two or three tines, and
ended his remarks by saying, 'The FBI
omesi't have to tell you anything.'
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gun in question, and said "The gun
was at least as tall as the boy. All
he would have to do is stand up next
behalf, but he refused. As a result, the
FBI charged him with stealing a ma-
chine gun from a white rancher on the
four feet tall and weighed about 80
to the machine gun in court, and say
'Defense rests.' " At that time, Ellison

said that the FBI was working on the
boy's two nine-year-old friends.
So, the destructive affairs of the FBI
go on in South Dakota and elsewhere,
known only to those who "need to know"
-the victims and their assailants, who,
I will remind you, are to "serve and to
Alan Kettler is an LSA Junior who
occasionally contributes to the editorial


chilly forecast for

Latin America

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This col-
lection of reports is written by
journalists working with the Pa-
cific News Service, North Amer-
ican Congress on Latin Amerl-
America Press. It Is designed
to give readers a quick
sense of the dominant moods
and trends of this region.)
MONTEVIDEO - One out of
500 Uruguayans is a political
prisoner in this country of 3
million. Uruguay - once called
the Switzerland of Latin Ameri-
ca - now outranks all countries
in its per capita total of politi-
cal prisoners. According to the
prestigious London-based Am-
nesty International, one out of
50 people have at one time been
arrested for political reasons
since the crackdown against
political dissidents began in
1971. Meanwhile, with a stag-
nant economy, the number of
people emigrating from the
country is higher than any-
where else in Latin America.
MONTEVIDEO- Eight math-
ematicians at the University
of California, Berkeley, have
cabled the President here to
protest the imprisonment of
noted Uruguayan mathematic-
ian Jose Luis Massera. The
city government of Caracas,
Venezuela, is demanding the
release of popular film and
theater director Hugo Ulive. The
Mexican embassy here invited
Uruguay's leading opposition

figure, Liber Seregni, to inde-
pendence day celebrations.
When the military junta object-
ed, the embassy cancelled its
invitations to all high level mili-
tary officials. Segni was subse-
quently arrested.
SANTIAGO - In this city -
where American church people
report that Chileans have been
shot for spray-painting "I am
hungry" on a wall - guerrilla
actions by anonymous groups
continue to protest the ruling
junta. In recent weeks a group
set fire to a warehouse - caus-
ing $500,000 damage. Others
raided a bank at night, steal-
ing $6,000 and painting anti-jun-
ta slogans on the wall. And the
howntown sections were show-
ered with leaflets bearing pho-
tos of slain president Salvador
Allende and the slogan "Chile
with Allende."
BOGOTA-Civil disorders are
on the rise in this one of the
few remaining civilian - ruled
countries of Latin America. In
the first guerrilla action of the
year, an unidentified left wing
group attacked a military train-
ing school near here, seizing a
cache of weapons. Last year a
spate of political violence - in-
cluding student clashes with po-
lice and army units, massive
strikes crippling the country's
cement industry, and 68 politi-
cal kidnappings - prompted the
government to reinstate a state

of seige that has all but barred
democratic "reforms for 28
years. Though President Alfon-
so Lopez Michelsen - elected
last year on a liberal party
platform - has promised to
lift the siege in April, he is
under heavy pressure not to do
so by the powerful right wing,
who represent Columbia's weal-
thiest families. A military
crackdown is reportedly now
underway against strong guer-
rilla groups based in the coun-
try's jungle and mountain stret-
American Economic System), a
rival to the U.S.-dominated OAS,
took a key step toward eco-
nomic independence from the
U.S. with a new plan for a
cooperative food industry in
Latin America. The plan was
discussed at SELA's first tech-
nical meeting here last month.
The industry would be wholly
financed by Latin American
capital and aimed exclusively
at a Latin American market.

The desire for economic inde-
pendence is in part fueled by
the fact that much of Latin
America's arable land, along
with food production and dis-
tribution, is now owned or con-
trolled by foreign multinationals.
ASUNCION-Poorest of South
America's countries, Paraguay
has taken another step into
Brazil's ever expanding econom-
ic orbit with the opening of a
new industrial zone financed by
Brazilian capital. The zone, lo-
cated on the border with Bra-
zil, is virtually a Brazilian en-
clave, surrounded by 100,000
Brazilian settlers and with a
predominantly Brazilian work-
force of 1,200. In addition to
the zone, centered on lumber
and expected to bring a $5 mil-
lion monthly profit, Brazilian
investors are also financing ma-
jor new steel developments here
to process iron ore from Bra-
zilian-owned reserves in neigh-
boring Bolivia.
BRASILIA - U.S. officials
here are worried about the in-

creasingly independent foreign
policy of the Brazilian govern-
ment - long regarded as Amer-
ica's chief ally, and the emerg-
ing super power, of Latin Amer-
ica. Of particular concern, ac-
cording to a U.S. state depart-
ment official interviewed by
one of Brazil's leading dailies,
is Brazil's recognition of the
MPLA as Angola's legitimate
government. Already with em-
bassies , in both Mozambique
and Guinea Bissau, Brazil has
now upgraded its diplomatic
representation in Angola to em-
bassy status - adding fuel to
the controversy. Brazil defends
its policy as part of an effort
to improve relations with the
former Portuguese colonies -
where Brazilians as well as
Portuguese dominated the co-
lonial administration. The Af-
rica policy comes, however, on
the heels of two other policy
initiatives that clashed directly
with U.S. priorities - the UN
vote on zionism and the West
German agreement on provid-
ing Brazil with a nuclear pow-
er plant.

Distributed by JosOngeles 'imes SYNDICATE

News: Sue Ades, Glen Allerhand, Ann
Marie Lipinski, Pauline Lubens,
Jeff Ristine, Tim Schick.
Editorial Page: Michael Beckman,
Stephen Hersh, Jon Pansius, Tom
Arts Page: Chris Kochmanski
Photo Technician: Pauline Lubens

Editorial Staff
JEFF RISTINE ................ Managing Editor
TIM SCHICK ....... . Executive Editor
STEPHEN HERSH Editorial Director
JEFF SORENSEN .. . . Arts Editor
CHERYL PILATE . Magazine Editor

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gestible power; distilled ambrosia Cabernet been heat sensitive because
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schafen's third. Three of five. hammered ahead with ne
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more than a little blue micro-dot in the spe- the Maserati's windscreen
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moving up on us. He must be pushing 180 middle line. Suddenly a gig
because we've leveled at 165. He's flashing appeared in front of us.
his gumballs at us and seconds hang while we
motor along deciding. Tom Stevens is a mei
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