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Object Name Letter
Title Letter, Dr. Paul A. Boe to Rev. Jonathan Preus, March 1, 1973
Date March 1, 1973
Scope & Content Reverend Paul A. Boe was a Lutheran pastor, executive director for the Division of Social Services in Minneapolis under the American Lutheran Church (ALC), and champion of Native American concerns during his lifetime. He was invited to come to Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota during the AIM occupation in 1973 as an impartial observer and friend. During the legal battles that followed the occupation, Boe refused to testify about what he saw at Wounded Knee, claiming it would violate pastoral confidence. In December of 1973, he was found in contempt of court and sentenced to 14 months in prison, a conviction which was reversed before he served any time.

Boe wrote this letter to Reverend Jonathan Preus of Atonement Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD, on March 1, 1973. Boe discusses the church's past involvement with the American Indian Movement and his thoughts about the current situation of American Indians as well as the unfolding events at Wounded Knee. This letter was in response to a February 23 letter from Preus discussing the American Indian Movement's activities in the Custer-Rapid City area and Preus' new involvement with an Indian Civil Rights Committee.
Collection Boe, Dr. Paul A. - Wounded Knee II Papers
Catalog Number 30369.L032