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The Nation

October 29, 1987

American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks will go on trial Jan. 4 on 12-year-old firearms and explosives charges, U.S. District Judge James Redden ordered in Portland, Ore. Banks, 50, pleaded innocent to the charges stemming from his arrest in eastern Oregon in November, 1975, with three other AIM members. "The case represents hundreds of years of the U.S. government trying to jail and kill Indian leaders . . . " Banks said outside the courthouse, and he predicted that the jury will acquit him. He was indicted for possession of a firearm and transporting firearms and explosives. The U.S. Supreme Court last year rejected a claim by the AIM members that they were denied a speedy trial, and overturned lower-court rulings dismissing the charges, which stem from an FBI investigation of the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee, S.D.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday November 8, 1987 Home Edition Part 1 Page 2 Column 6 Metro Desk 2 inches; 49 words Type of Material: Correction
The Times, on Oct. 29, printed an incorrect United Press International report that American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks was arrested in Ontario, Ore., in November of 1975 on charges of illegally possessing and transporting explosives and firearms. A spokeswoman for AIM said he was taken into custody in El Cerrito, Calif., in February, 1976.

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