|Title||Letter, Dr. Paul A. Boe to Miss Marie M. V. Pearson, February 4, 1974|
|Date||February 4, 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 Marie M. V. Pearson of St. Paul, MN, on February 4, 1974. It was in response to a letter Pearson wrote to President Richard Nixon on January 15, 1974, regarding the Wounded Knee trials then proceeding. Pearson also sent the letter to Oscar A. Anderson, president of the American Lutheran Church, who shared it with Boe at her request.
|Collection||Boe, Dr. Paul A. - Wounded Knee II Papers|