Published March 24, 2016
WASHINGTON – The White House livestream that was providing video of a live panel discussion after the screening of the “The Seventh Fire” — a film about the drug use on the White Earth Reservation in a remote area of Minnesot — abruptly cut its broadcast when Native filmmaker admonished the crowd not to “foret about Leonard Peltier,” shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016.
Leonard Peliter, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, has been incarcerted for the past 40 years. He was convicted of killing two FBI agents at Oglala on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.
Many people consider Peltier a prisoner of war and want President Obama to commute his sentence.
Erye, who is the executive producer of “The Seventh Generation,” was on the panel.
Eyre was making the following statement when he was abruptly cut off:
“Let’s not forget about Leonard Peltier. I don’t know where this lies. There is a history…”
Apparently, those in the control room realized Peltier is too hot of a topic for a White House livestream.
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