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Feb 5, 2010
Focus: Indigenous Rights
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Tomorrow, 2/6/2010, is the anniversary of the Leonard Peltier's arrest in the travesty of horrors that led to the 'kangaroo court' sentencing and to his now nearly 34-year injust incarceration for a crime he did NOT commit. Please join me in phoning and/or faxing Justice Dept head, USA Attorney General Eric Holder, and demanding that an executive review be done of Mr. Peltier's case: to FREE LEONARD PELTIER! The numbers below come from the Free Leonard Peltier e-newsletter:

Phone: 202-514-2000   Fax:  202-307-6777  [I faxed]

Here is what I faxed to USA Attorney General Holder:


Honorable USA Attorney General Holder:


I am faxing your office on the eve of the anniversary of the February 6, 1976, arrest of Leonard Peltier on trumped-up charges.  It will be 34 years tomorrow, that Mr. Peltier has been suffering unjust and miserable incarceration in our nation that points to itself as the beacon of democracy around the world.  This is a disgrace.


I am a 62-yr old disabled woman, a tax-paying citizen, and for over half of my life now Mr. Peltier has suffered horrific injustice within our legal system.  It is time for CHANGE.  Time for an executive review of the case against Mr. Leonard Peltier. Time to FREE Leonard Peltier.


That is the kind of change that President Obama campaigned on, that caused me to sacrifice from my fixed-income, and to work so hard to register new voters and go door-knocking – even though I had to use a walker to do so.  I stood at the bus stop in my neighborhood, holding up my “Obama for President” sign, so that rush-hour drivers could see it. I blogged internationally, and I did fundraising on the Obama website.


So now I’m saying to you:  deliver on our President’s promise of meaningful CHANGE for all Americans, the same promise that was reiterated at the recent First Nations Summit in Washington, D.C.


I am not content to let Mr. Leonard Peltier rot in prison and die there, an innocent man. That is not how I was raised as a child, and that is not what it meant in school when we were told to salute the flag in school and say, “With liberty and justice for all.”


The Civil Rights Movement in this country had better be made truly to include First Nations, when it comes to the actions of the Obama Administration.  I confidently expect you to right the dreadful wrong committed against Mr. Peltier – and FREE HIM AS HE SO DESERVES.

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Posted: Feb 5, 2010 10:03am
Feb 2, 2010
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Read
Location: United States

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

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Posted: Feb 2, 2010 1:16pm
Aug 21, 2009
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Various
Location: United States


USA Indigenous/political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been denied parole in spite of the fact that he is in his sixties, in fragile health and has been a model prisoner - let alone that NONE OF THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM WERE PROVEN AND THAT IN FACT HE WAS FRAMED. That has been detailed and verified by national and international experts. (Please see my original two Care2 Shares on this topic.)

WE CANNOT GIVE UP NOW! Our voices are more crucial than ever - we must go over the Parole Board and go to the federal authorities - join me in taking Leonard's case to the feds and reversing the Parole Board's decision!

Below is the information from Leonard's support organization. YOU ARE NEEDED - WE ARE ALL RELATED - MITAKUYE OYASIN! -- Alice B.

_________ to me

"When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once; therefore, you and your brothers [and sisters] press on and let nothing discourage you until you have entirely finished what you have begun."--Teedyuschung, Delaware

News from North Dakota, today, is that Leonard Peltier's parole has been denied.  He won't receive another full parole hearing until 2024, at the age of 79 years.

As sad as we all are, we are steadfast, undefeated. We will not go away.  We will not be quiet.

Take a moment to reflect.  Just a moment.  But then put your disappointment behind you.  Gather your strength.  There's much work to be done.

* Action Item 1:  Contact the Attorney General *

On June 23, 1995, Amnesty International submitted a letter of concern about the Peltier case to the then U.S. Attorney General. There was no response. Write to Eric Holder, Attorney General. Ask him to conduct an executive review of the case and to finally right the wrongs of the past. Tell him it's never too late to find the truth. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Eric A. Holder, Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Or call the Office of the Attorney General at 202-353-1555.

And while you're at it, ask Mr. Holder why more than 140,000 documents from a 30+-year-old case are still being withheld by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Tell him America has a right to know what occurred over 30 years ago and demand the release of all documents related to the Peltier case.

* Action Item 2: Contact Members of Congress *

Use all the resources at your disposal to contact your Members of Congress and continue urging them to support freedom for Leonard Peltier. That support should be formally expressed in correspondence to President Obama.

Also demand a full congressional investigation into the Reign of Terror on the Pine Ridge Reservation during the '70s.  It's long past time for the truth to be told.  See:


Do you use Twitter?  Try using this service to quickly and easily reach your Members of Congress: <>.

You also can sign the petition:


Congress will not be in session for most of August.  This is a good time to meet with your Members of Congress in their home offices. Make the appointment now.  You can find locations, telephone numbers, etc., via our congressional directory:


* Action Item 3:  Call the White House *

Call the White House comment line to express your outrage at the outcome of the parole hearing.  Demand that President Obama free Peltier now.  Call:

(202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1112.

You also can send an e-mail to the White House. Go to

If you prefer, mail or fax a letter:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC  20500
Fax - (202) 456-2461

Better yet... Do all three.



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

Friends of Peltier

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Posted: Aug 21, 2009 11:54am
Jun 24, 2009
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

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


In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

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

Friends of Peltier

{end of Kat Y's statement}


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.


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:


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.



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Posted: Jun 24, 2009 11:57am
Jun 5, 2009
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Write Letter
Location: United States

USA - Native/Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been falsely and illegally imprisoned now for over 12,000 days of hell. FBI and local racist authorities set him up as a scapegoat. His case has been exposed internationally and there is NO legal case against him!

His parole hearing is coming in July, 2009. International support is URGENTLY reguested - please share this as widely as possible. Print letters are needed!!!!! Please mail your letter as soon as possible - all info below!

Now is the time to flood the parole board with letters from around the world demanding his release! Please join me in sending your own print letter. See sample letter at bottom. Please visit the Free Leonard Peltier website for the facts of the case, and to view Leonard Peltier's artwork and photos of his family and ongoing newsletter and support activities:

Remember - when one person suffers injustice and hatred, all of us suffer! Never forget - political prisoners are our suffering brothers and sisters!

WE ARE ALL RELATED! MITAKUYE OYASIN!! -- Alice Winfree Bowron, Minnesota, USA.

***Sample letter below - feel free to copy/paste, cross-post and share:

June <>, 2009


United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420

Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286

Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Dear Commissioners:

Mr. Leonard Peltier remains imprisoned at the
United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. I believe that he has earned the right to parole.

The court record in this case clearly shows that government prosecutors have long held that they do not know who killed Mr. Coler and Mr. Williams nor what role Leonard Peltier "may have" played in the tragic shoot-out.

After careful consideration of the facts in Leonard Peltier's case, I have concluded that Leonard Peltier does not represent a risk to the public. First, Leonard Peltier has no prior convictions and has advocated for non-violence throughout his prison term. Furthermore, Leonard Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively, disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive writer. Although Leonard Peltier maintains that he did not kill the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over their deaths.

Most admirably, Mr. Peltier contributes regular support to those in need. He donates his paintings to charities including battered women's shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and Native American scholarship funds. He also coordinates an annual holiday gift drive for the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Leonard Peltier is widely recognized for his good deeds and in turn has won several awards including the North Star Frederick Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Peltier also has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize six times.

Leonard Peltier is now over 60 years of age - a great-grandfather – and suffers from partial blindness, diabetes, a heart condition, and high blood pressure.

I recognize the grave nature of the events of
June 26, 1975
, and I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of those who died that day. However, I find aspects of this case to also be of concern and I believe Leonard Peltier deserves to be reunited with his family and allowed to live the remaining years of his life in peace. I also believe that, rather than presenting a threat to the public, Mr. Peltier's release would help to heal a wound that has long impeded better relations between the federal government and Native Americans.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I pray that you will act to bring peace and healing for Mr. Leonard Peltier at long last.









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