Yesterday, we featured this post (with video) on imprisoned Oglala Lakota spiritual leader Douglas White, 88, who seeks to be released from prison now that his two grandsons have recanted their child molestation accusations against him.
That story referenced a documentary film that’s being made on White’s 16-year ordeal.
Today, the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal has this story on documentary filmmaker Simon Joseph, who’s making the movie “Holy Man,” which is narrated by actor Martin Sheen.The Journal reports that White – from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation – is dying of lung cancer at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. His attorney says he’ll file an expedited motion next week to have White released immediately pending the appeals court’s deliberation.
“This is a case that cries out for justice,” says Terry Pechota, a Rapid City (S.D.) lawyer who has been working to free White since 2007, when he learned the grandsons, now grown, had recanted their testimony and said they lied at his trial – something they also say in the film. “I can only hope we can get Doug back to his people prior to the time he dies.”
Joseph, along with Jennifer Jessum, the director of “Holy Man,” will host a Free Douglas White rally at the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge on Monday at 4 p.m. It will be filmed as part of their documentary.