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American Indian Activist Robideau Dies at 61

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Robert Robideau, an American Indian activist who was acquitted of killing two FBI agents in a 1975 shootout in South Dakota, has died. He was 61. Robideau had been living in Barcelona, Spain, where authorities said that his death Tuesday may have...

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kat yazzie (400)
Monday February 23, 2009, 3:37 am

The Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2009


Robert Robideau, an American Indian activist who was acquitted of killing two FBI agents in a 1975 shootout in South Dakota, has died. He was 61.

Robideau had been living in Barcelona, Spain, where authorities said that his death Tuesday may have been related to seizures caused by shrapnel left in his head from an accidental explosion.

Robideau, a Portland native, was the cousin of Leonard Peltier and a member of the American Indian Movement who had occupied the reservation town of Wounded Knee, S.D., for 71 days in 1973, two years before the shootout.

His son, Michael, told The Oregonian that Robideau attended Roosevelt High School and received a degree in cultural anthropology from Portland State University.

The newspaper said that Robideau left for South Dakota in the early 1970s with several family members, including Peltier, to join AIM and its protests against poverty and corruption on tribal reservations.

In June 1975, two FBI agents followed a man wanted in the theft of a pair of cowboy boots onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The agents soon came under heavy rifle fire and were killed.

The FBI identified Peltier as a suspect in the shooting and placed him on its most wanted list.

Months later, Robideau was driving Peltier's station wagon through Kansas with other AIM members when ammunition in the car accidentally exploded.

Robideau, who was seriously injured, was arrested and tried for the FBI agent killings, but was acquitted.

Peltier was arrested by Oregon State Police troopers while driving through Oregon and later convicted of the FBI shootings. He is serving two life sentences.

Robideau appeared in "Incident at Oglala," the 1992 documentary about the Pine Ridge shootings narrated by actor Robert Redford and directed by Michael Apted.

Robideau later became a painter, concentrating on tribal themes. He led a committee seeking a pardon for Peltier and served as director of the American Indian Movement Museum in Barcelona, which displayed some of his paintings.

He is survived by his wife, Pilar of Barcelona, Spain; and sons, Michael of Portland and Bobby of South Dakota.

Information from: The Oregonian,

kat yazzie (400)
Monday February 23, 2009, 4:18 am

"Greetings my relatives!

It is with a real deep sense of loss that I write this. The loss of my brother in the struggle for Indigenous rights who was also my blood cousin and also a defendant in the Oglala shoot-out trials. I am speaking of Robert Robideau, who we called Bob most of the time. Bob was a tireless campaigner for my freedom and Indigenous rights all over the world. I canít express enough how greatly his leaving this level of existence will be missed.

Bob and I grew up together. We were involved in the 70ís American Indian Movement together. We were shot at together. We were on the run together and over the 33 years of my imprisonment, Bob was a person I could count on for a lot of reasons. We laughed together, quarreled with one another, praised one another and had strong disagreements at times. Bob was the one person I could truly count on to tell me the straight of it, whether I liked it or not. I didnít talk to Bob in person that often, as of late, but just the thought of knowing it will be a while before I talk with him again, causes a sense of missing him like never before. He was sometimes my worst critic and sometimes my best support, but he was always my brother and I loved him dearly. I wouldnít doubt that wherever he is at, heís organizing a support group of some sort. If I thought there was anything that I
could say that would bring him back to us, this statement would go on for as long as it took. However, reality being what it is, I know Bob will appreciate our concerns for the loved ones he left behind and want us to go on and do the very best we can to make this a better and more free, more just world we live in and he would surely remind us that we are the guardians of the future and the keepers of today.

It is always difficult to address the loss of people you knew and cared about, but every once in awhile, there is a loss that is deeper than all the rest. In this loss, there is often a loss of words. It is a time when the shock of the situation is so close that you just donít know what to say. One thing I can say for sure is that the loss of Bob Robideau is a loss to all. And to Bob, I donít know how long Iíll be here myself, but that doesnít matter. I look forward to seeing you again my brother, some other time, some other place. May the Creator be with you wherever you are and wherever you go.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Bob Robideau, Steve Robideau, Joe Stuntz, Bobby Garcia, Roque Duenas, Nilak Butler, Anna Mae Aquash, , and all the others who gave of themselves for our People.

Mitakuye oyasin

Leonard Peltier"

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2009, 4:21 am
So Sad. Noted thanks Kat.

Joycey B (750)
Monday February 23, 2009, 5:41 am
May this great man rest in peace. He will be missed. Thanks Kat. Thanks for sending Charles.

Mary H (47)
Monday February 23, 2009, 6:07 am
Noted with thanks, Kat...Condolences to his friends & family, may the memories you shared bring comfort in your time of grief.

Sally Ann G (256)
Monday February 23, 2009, 6:21 am
Have noted this and passed it on to some friends too

Faith M (161)
Monday February 23, 2009, 6:37 am
I have no words only sorrow noted Thanx Kat

Michael Owens (1647)
Monday February 23, 2009, 6:40 am
Sad Kat, my prayers for the family.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2009, 6:47 am
My sincere condolences.Keep the faith and fight the good fight.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2009, 7:24 am
A man of his time & for all seasons!!

Plant trees for life on earth.

Mary Neal (183)
Monday February 23, 2009, 7:55 am
Kat,thank you for informing us. My condolences to all who loved him.


Warren Motter (1055)
Monday February 23, 2009, 8:03 am
Yes, we will be planting trees, in a couple of months, We'll plant one especially for this man of honor. i have so many friends who are "passing on," lately, it makes me wonder, "Why am i still here?" Must have something else left to do. (Sure hope so.)

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2009, 8:14 am
Warren.....Thank you & by all means
plant trees in his honor. The young people
of the indian nations can visually see something
that has life to remember Robideau by.

I see trees a a wonderful means of
establishing a living memory for this
man or any one for that matter.

Plant trees for life on earth.

Leigh B (211)
Monday February 23, 2009, 9:36 am
My sincere condolences!

Brandy Huston (230)
Monday February 23, 2009, 10:03 am
Noted and passed on. My thought and prayers with his family.

Sheilah Bebbington (95)
Monday February 23, 2009, 10:17 am
How very, very sad. My thoughts are with his family and friends, they have my deepest sympathies.

William Mosely (306)
Monday February 23, 2009, 10:37 am
With sad heart, I bid farewell to a man I've followed through the years. What he did at Wounded Knee, optimized what the Native Americans had been forced to deal with for so very long. I was here when the Native Americans took over Alcatraz. I sincerely believe the Indians no choice but defend their land. Federal authorities can not enter without a Bureau of Indian Affairs accompany's the feds -- gives notice before trespassing onto Indian land. ~Peace~

dusy st (7)
Monday February 23, 2009, 10:58 am
My condolences to all the ones he loved and find a way to move on with his spirit in there harts

Sheryl G (363)
Monday February 23, 2009, 11:17 am
Another older warrior has fallen the cause to be picked up by the younger ones today. He did his best for his people now he sits with the ancestors. My condolences to his family and those who knew him. I Honor you, Bob, as you journey to the Spirit World.

Linda H (199)
Monday February 23, 2009, 11:40 am
So very sad to see him go.Thanks,Kat.

Monday February 23, 2009, 12:10 pm

Kirsikka A (107)
Monday February 23, 2009, 12:18 pm
Noted and forwarded. My thought and prayers are with his family.

Brigitte T (69)
Monday February 23, 2009, 12:35 pm
May this AIM Warrior have a safe crossing. His family is in my thoughts and prayers, with much respect.


Morgan Griffith (225)
Monday February 23, 2009, 12:39 pm
I too will be planting some trees and will plant a mighty oak in honor of Bob's strength and all that he stood tall for.

Christine A (57)
Monday February 23, 2009, 5:18 pm
My most sincere condolences to family and friends! I too shall plant a tree as I cannot think of a better way to honor a person. Trees are life!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday February 23, 2009, 7:07 pm
Noted , thanks .

sue M (184)
Monday February 23, 2009, 8:16 pm
Some very brave souls. Thanks kat.

Ivy S (2169)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 12:53 am
Kat I know how you must be feeling right now - a great sense of loss. I hope and pray that you will find that inner peace which passeth all human understanding. My condolences to his loved ones and may they also find that inner peace within their hearts. May his soul rest in peace. Thanks Kat for sharing this information with us. Noted!

Virginia Duncan (41)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 11:03 am
I followed the lives of these courageous men for many decades hoping that their work will one day result in peace and justice for aboriginal people around the world.

May Bob's spirit live on to guide us in our quest for equal rights and freedom for First Nations people.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and dear friend Leonard Pelletier.

Peace & Love

. (0)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 8:11 am
noted and so sorry to hear the news. My prayers are with his family and supporters in this mourning period.

frank k (3)
Friday February 27, 2009, 2:43 am
I have not heard of Robert Robideau until today but from the little I read he truly sounded like a great man.

May all he achieved continue to grow and prosper.

My sincere condolences to his family and dear sister Kat.
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