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Day Of Mourning & Letter From Leonard
10 years ago
Monday November 17, 2008, 5:50 pm
I will be in Plymouth Massachusetts that day. Attached is why.

Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers.
Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault
on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.
Join us as we dedicate the 39th National Day of Mourning to our brother, Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Add your voice to the millions world-wide who demand his freedom. Help us in our struggle to create a true awareness of Native peoples and demonstrate the unity of Indigenous peoples internationally. Help shatter the untrue glass image of the Pilgrims and the unjust system based on racism, sexism, homophobia and war.
For More Information Contact:
United American Indians of New England/LPSG
Phone: (617) 522-6626
Letter From Leonard Peltier:
10 years ago

From: <>
Subject: Statement of Leonard Peltier to National Day of Mourning
Received: Thursday, November 27, 2008, 11:38 PM

NO THANKS GIVING DAY STATEMENT Greetings to my relatives, friends and supporters: As the National Day of Mourning commemorates it 39th anniversary, I find myself approaching my 33rd year and I can’t but help to see the striking similarities between why you are there, and I am here in this prison. And it is the denial of the truth by people who can make a difference. And it doesn’t help matters any that those who do know, enable the myth of “Thanksgiving”. But we must continue to change that. I hope that this will be the last statement I will have to write to you from prison on this National Day of Mourning. I tell you this because I want to believe that I can stand here with you next year a free man. It would be an honor for me to stand in your circle to mourn the people who have fallen in the path of colonization. I carry many names and memories of friends and relatives who have passed on in defending the people. Many people whom I want to remember their sacrifice for me. Those names begin with Joe Stuntz and hopefully have ended with Standing Deer. In between I want to remember Rocky Duenas, Dallas Thundershield, Bobby Garcia, and Standing Deer. Many of my family and friends who have passed on and I could not be there weighs on me because they have suffered also through the years of my living nightmare. We’ve been through a lot, but we are still here and we are the evidence of the Western Hemisphere being populated before the first real immigrant arrived on our shores and they have a holiday for him. And all we have is a Day of recognition tomorrow. So lets use the Native American Heritage Day as another page in writing the truth of our history. My Sister Betty Ann and others will be carrying the truth in Fargo where I was railroaded by the manipulations of the FBI. It is another day they will pay attention to us. This is how we will keep the faith and remain strong. So I offer my most humble gratitude to you for being here today and every year. And I would ask everyone to work with my new committee as we prepare for a push to bring me home. Right now the two most important things I would like for everyone to concentrate on is the 30-year mandatory parole law and my transfer. There are plans being made, and they will be released when it is time. You can subscribe to our list serve at the website to stay updated on what we are doing and what you can do to help. I look forward to seeing you here next year. In the Spirit of crazy Horse, Leonard Peltier


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