On a Portland Oregon Public Access program, Native American Spoken Word Artist John Trudell discusses the circumstances and aftermath of a 1975 fire fight on the Pine Ridge Reservation which took the lives of two FBI agents. Subsequent trials found two Native Americans not guilty due to self defense and another, Leonard Peltier guilty, as the judge refused to allow the same defense. “They are not going to let him out; that has never been their intention. The government had an operative, not an informant or a snitch. An operative is someone the put amongst you to direct activities. I think there was a government operative amongst that level of AIM leadership, ….(who)wasn’t necessarily a part of the AIM leadership, but had access to the AIM leadership.” “This operative is behind this firefight in Oglala, where these agents were killed, and I think this operative is behind the murder of Anne Mae Aquash. And the way that it appears to me is that I think that this operative manipulated both sides against each other on the firefight thing, as part of a larger plan. But the plan went wrong and the agents got killed.” Leonard was just recently denied parole, his next parole hearing being in 2024, when he will be 79 years old. He has been in prison since 1977.