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Object Name Letter
Title Letter, Dr. Paul A. Boe to Rev. Holle Plaehn, January 29, 1974
Date January 29, 1974
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 Holle Plaehn of Tacoma, WA, on January 29, 1974. This was in response to a letter Plaehn sent on behalf of the North Pacific District Committee on Inner City Ministries to Dr. David Preus, acting president of the American Lutheran Church, expressing support for Boe's actions.
Collection Boe, Dr. Paul A. - Wounded Knee II Papers
Catalog Number 30369.L031