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Feb 2, 2010
Focus: Indigenous Rights
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Below is the e-newsletter sent to supporters, by Leonard Peltier, answering speculation about his 'death' - and other salient comments. Readers:  please go to the Friends of Peltier website via the click link at the bottom:

Greetings from the Iron House. It has come to my attention that a rumor has been circulating about my death. Sorry to disappoint the Trimbachs, Ed Wood, and all the other vermin, but I am still alive and kicking. I continue to struggle for the truth about my case-much of it hidden in the over 6,000 documents they are afraid to release-to see the light of day.

I have been monitoring the case with the Crow Creek tribe's land issues, and have been asked my opinion. As in nearly all things, I come down on the side of the tribe. Sovereignty and self determination are the lynchpins to Indian freedom. I want the people of Crow Creek to know they have my fullest support in their endeavors. This case affects all Indians, and should matter to all people of conscience. Everyone should monitor this case to its fullest conclusion, and know it is yet another example of Indian people's daily reality. The Indian wars are not over; they just are fought more in the courtrooms and the boardrooms these days. But the issues are mostly the same-the land, resources, and freedom. Freedom to think. Freedom to live as we wish. Freedom to be who we are.  Don't for a second allow yourself to think that the conspirators aren't working. They're out there, and as always they're plotting ways to dispossess and marginalize Indian people at every opportunity.

We were all sad to learn of the passing this past week, of Howard Zinn. A brilliant author, researcher, activist, not to mention a fine human being and a friend to my cause, his loss is a blow to all of us who struggle against oppression. Please send up prayers for his family and loved ones, and that his spirit has a good journey.

As always, a big thank you to my family and everyone else helping out at the office, and all my supporters' world wide. Through your efforts, one day we'll win my freedom.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,


Leonard Peltier
Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.freepeltiernow.org/

info@freepeltiernow.org

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Posted: Feb 2, 2010 1:16pm
Jun 24, 2009
Focus: Indigenous Rights
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Indigenous USA political prisoner Leonard Peltier, framed and sentenced in a kangaroo court and held ever since in USA federal maximum-security prison, is nearing his upcoming crucial parole hearing [see my other Share and give your own direct help to get him paroled and out a.s.a.p.!]. The pressure and strain of his situation, coupled with his age and health problems, has become too much for his fragile state.

YOU CAN HELP GET LEONARD PELTIER THE MEDICAL HELP HE URGENTLY NEEDS!! The more national and international pressure the better - please do not underestimate the crucial help that you, personally can give - and remember, WE ARE ALL RELATED - MITAKUYE OYASIN!!

Please read the information below and take action using the sample e-mail/fax/letter at the bottom of this Share.

The information below is from Kat Y., Care2 Indigenous Rights blogger and activist:

"Kari Ann Cowan, Peltier's niece, reported tonight (Friday from the prison at Lewisburg, that Leonard may have suffered a heart attack.

"He had hard time breathing.  He was in his cell and had an ache in his chest. He was kinda scared he was having a heart attack. He raised his hands, breathed slowly and finally felt better."

We need to call the prison and ask them to get Leonard to the hospital in Rochester (MN) as soon as possible for a check up.

Be polite and courteous and express your concern for his health and welfare. We gotta step up.

Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132.

Call Warden Scott Dodrill at (570) 523-1251.

Fax numbers: (570) 522-7745 and (570) 522-7519

E-mail address: LEW/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,


Wanbli
Co-Support Group Coordinator and LP-DOC Spokesperson
Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

{end of Kat Y's statement}

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I chose to send a fax; I was unsure of using e-mail [due to the fact that the e-mail address listed is 'split' between black print and the blue/click-link sections]. However, please send your own urgent request in the form that works for you.

(If you get a Mail-failure message back for an e-mail, please follow up by sending a print letter and/or a fax at the addresses given. If you can, please post a comment on my Share re: your e-mail not going through to alert others.)

Bless you all for everything you do! I ask you to join me in the powerful combination of ACTION AND PRAYERS.

I also ask you/all to join me in sending out prayers and best thoughts for all SUNDANCE CEREMONIES coming up soon including that of Care2 Indigenous/Navajo Nation activist David T's tribe from July 1 - July 4, 2009. Your personal prayers and strongest solidarity is powerful and so crucially needed at this difficult and challenging time.

YOU ARE IMPORTANT - YOU ARE UNIQUE - AND YOU ARE NEEDED!!!

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and bless you for your support to Leonard Peltier - and to Indigenous Rights worldwide.

Your Sister in the Struggle for LOVE AND JUSTICE -- Alice B.

Below is my sample e-mail/fax/letter - please feel free to copy/paste and share it as widely as possible for others to join in this crucial effort on Leonard Peltier's behalf:

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Subject: URGENT Concern re: Mr. Leonard Peltier’s Health

 

Warden Scott Dodrill:

 

Sir, I am extremely concerned about the health condition of prisoner Mr. Leonard Peltier, #89637-132.

 

I am asking most urgently that Mr. Peltier be taken to the Hospital at Rochester, Minnesota, for a thorough, in-depth medical check-up to determine his condition in light of his recent apparent heart attack.

 

I am extremely concerned that Mr. Peltier have access to all of the health services that he clearly needs as soon as possible.

 

Thank you so very much for your assistance in this crucial matter. We the public are counting on you.

 

Sincerely,

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