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Object Name Memorandum
Title Memorandum, Dr. Paul A. Boe to Board of Social Service and Dr. David Preus, Acting President of the American Lutheran Church, March 7, 1973
Date March 7, 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.

This is a memorandum that Boe wrote to the Board of Social Service and Dr. David Preus, acting president of the American Lutheran Church and Boe's superior, on March 7, 1973. The report describes his involvement at Wounded Knee from March 2-5, 1973.

The red marks are not original to Boe's memorandum and do not represent Boe's attitudes. R. Hagemann appears to have added them to this copy which was returned to Boe.
Collection Boe, Dr. Paul A. - Wounded Knee II Papers
Catalog Number 30369.L001