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Robert Robideau, a member of the American Indian Movement since 1973, died Feb. 17, 2009 at the age of 61 at his home in Barcelona, Spain, where he was the founder and director of the American Indian Movement Museum. This is the last known "live" interview with Bob Robideau recorded on January 31, 2009. Hostess Brenda Golden was honored to have first been a MySpace friend of Bob's and also was privileged to speak with him by telephone a few times in addition to hosting this interview. During their budding friendship, he divulged that he was moving back to the United States to get involved with freeing Leonard Peltier from prison among other reasons. Many have questioned the circumstances surrounding his death.
He was a member of the Turtle Mountain and White Earth Ojibwa tribes. Robideau was acquitted in the deaths of two FBI agents in 1976 on grounds of self-defense. The charges arose from a shootout with the FBI on Pine Ridge reservation in June 1975 that left two FBI agents and a Native man dead - the same shoout out that resulted in conviction and imprisonmnet of Leonard Peltier was convicted. Robideau served as the International Director of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee intermittently over the years. Here is the link to Peltier’s statement on the death of Robideau. http://www.workers.org/2009/us/robert_robideau_0312/
Robideau had degrees in Anthropology from Portland State University and Arts from the Institute of Native American Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Pilar of Barcelona, Spain; and sons, Michael of Portland and Bobby of South Dakota.
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