|Title||Letter, Dr. Paul A. Boe to Mr. R. Kurylas, March 29, 1973|
|Date||March 29, 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 R. Kurylas of the Imperial 400 Motel in Rapid City, SD, on March 29, 1973. It was in response to Kurylas' letter of March 26 in which he requested payment from the American Lutheran Church for expenses incurred by members of the American Indian Movement.
|Collection||Boe, Dr. Paul A. - Wounded Knee II Papers|