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Incident at Oglala

Incident at Oglala
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Arthur Chobanian
Starring Norman Zigrossi
Robert Sikma
Darelle Butler
Bob Robideau
Norman Brown
Leonard Peltier
Narrated by Robert Redford
Cinematography Maryse Alberti
Edited by Susanne Rostock
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • June 26, 1992 (1992-06-26)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $536,848[1]

Incident at Oglala is a 1992 documentary by Michael Apted, narrated by Robert Redford. The film documents the deaths of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the summer of 1975.

It examines the legal case surrounding the subsequent trials of Robert Robideau and Darrell Butler, and later the separate trial of Leonard Peltier, who had to be extradited from Canada. Robideau and Butler were acquitted at their trial, but Peltier was convicted of murder in 1976. Many supporters, including the International Indian Treaty Council, believe Peltier is innocent of the crimes. It also discusses tribal chairman Dick Wilson.


  • Background 1
  • Accolades 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


There were many unsolved murders and drive-by shootings on the reservation, caused by a culture clash between traditional and Americanized Sioux. The American Indian Movement (AIM) was invited to the reservation to help assert traditional values. It was headquartered at Calvin Jumping Bull's property on the southern edge of Oglala. The "incident at Oglala" was precipitated by the FBI investigation of a pair of stolen boots. Jimmy Eagle, one of the AIM teenagers, was thought to have taken a pair of boots after a fight, and two FBI agents, wanting to talk to him about it, pursued a vehicle they thought he was driving into the AIM camp.


Apted was nominated for the Critics Award in 1992 for the film.

See also


  1. ^ "Incident at Oglala".  

External links

  • Incident at Oglala at the Internet Movie Database
  • Incident at Oglala at AllMovie
  • Incident at Oglala at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
  • Written Statement from the International Indian Treaty Council to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, January 2002
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