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Dec 7, 2009

Here is Chairman's Sazue's letter:

 

December 7, 2009

 

 

                        Dear Brothers and Sisters;

 

                       

Recently, the IRS has seized and auctioned 7100 acres of our prime development land on the Crow Creek Reservation. We have tried to raise funds for months to save our land. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful. We have tried to stop them from auctioning off our land through the justice system, however justice did not prevail.

 

It is no secret that Buffalo County is the poorest county in the nation and that 78% of the people on our reservation live far below the poverty line; this is why we are reaching out to our Native Brothers and Sisters. Only you know the importance of retaining our land base.

 

Recently, we were granted a trial for a judge to decide whether or not we should be allowed to keep this property, which they already sold to a non-Indian. This allows us 120 days to raise 4 million dollars to purchase our land back and clear up the levy that the IRS ($600,000) has on the property.

 

Any financial assistance that you could give to us would be greatly appreciated. We have set up an account at Wells Fargo in Chamberlain, South Dakota and all donations are tax deductible. The bank can be contacted at 605-734-6001 or contact Leroy Bear Thompson at 605-245-2304.  Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

Contact: Wells Fargo Bank
Attn: Cindy Adams
201 S Main
Chamberlain, SD 57325
Account Name: Save CCST Lands Fund
Account Numer: 9917827345
Contact: Cindy Adams 605-734-6001
Contact: Leroy Thompson, Jr. 605-245-2304 or 605-730-0091

 

Sincerely,

 

Brandon Sazue, Chairman

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

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Posted: Dec 7, 2009 2:43pm
Jan 13, 2009

Subject: Leonard's statement before transfer
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Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 1:31 PM

Dictated by phone January 12, 2009

Greetings my relatives, friends and/or captors

To my relatives and friends, I want to especially thank you for your generosity in this season of giving they call Christmas.  And I want you to know I’m mindful of the reason for the season as they say, for Jesus himself was a political prisoner.  He stood up against the warmongers the exploiters of his people and he was imprisoned and hung out to dry, likewise so many other people who have stood up against those who would exploit the lives and resources of people around the world. I don’t claim to be of any significance on their level, I am but one man of many who have stood up against exploiters that would use force to inflict their value system upon a weaker people.

I am in the process right now of being transferred; I had hoped to be transferred to a facility on the Turtle Mountain Reservation while I dealt with other legal issues regarding my imprisonment.  However my captors have once again triumphed in their continuing efforts to break me.  They have sent me even farther away from my traditional homeland.  I hear them and others continually talk about justice. One of the bureaucrats in North Dakota when becoming aware of my efforts to be transferred to Turtle Mountain spoke up and said he believed justice is being served in my continued imprisonment.  I sincerely hope good people will take note of this person, Senator Byron Dorgan, on the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs.  It is quite obvious that he has no knowledge of true Indian History, no knowledge of my case, and is only a lackey for those who wish to keep us always subject to their
version of what justice is.  They have at times called me a thug and a cold blooded murderer, but I know historically they called Geronimo a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Crazy Horse a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Captain Jack of the Modocs a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Black Hawk of the Sauk a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Tecumseh a cold blooded murderer and savage, they called Sitting Bull a cold blooded murderer and savage …and the list goes on and on. 

The one thing all these men have in common is they were all imprisoned or killed by this government; they were all patriots in their own land, trying to stop the illegal immoral taking of their people’s land and resources.  They didn’t call the men who murdered our people at Wounded Knee thugs and savages, they didn’t call the snipers who shot Frank Clearwater at Wounded Knee in 73 a murderer, they didn’t call the ones who shot Buddy Lamont a cold blooded murderer, they didn’t call the ones who shot Joe Stuntz a cold blooded murderer, they didn’t call the sniper who shot that young woman and baby in 1992 at Ruby Ridge Idaho in a cold blooded murder, they didn’t call the ones who burned the men, women and children to death at Waco, Texas in 1993 in cold blooded murderers.  I assume cold blooded means you have no sense of right or wrong or something of that nature when you take a life.  And if that is so, then this country is full of cold blooded murderers and thugs because by proxy they have killed thousands of innocent men women and children in Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan, I’ve seen them on TV.  I’ve seen the pictures of children’s bodies piled on top of each other.  And right now the US funds Israel’s war machine as they kill hundreds of innocent men, women and children. 

Einstein once said, “All things are relative” and “For every action there is a reaction.”  In the traditional way our people teach the same.  In all the major religions around the world it is taught the same way before Einstein ever drew a breath.  Every person in America who allows this injustice to continue without voicing any opposition is a party to murder on some level.  Someone once said and it is a truism, “All that is needed for evil to prevail is good men to say nothing.” And if Einstein is correct and Jesus is correct then you reap what you sow, and Buddha is correct who said there are karmic laws that must repay or be repaid for whatever you do then this nation had better start paying attention. It is financially at this point bankrupt.  It is spiritually and morally bankrupt.


I’m sure this letter won’t buy me any favored treatment.  Actually I don’t know that anything ever has.  They had a plot to kill me once that didn’t work.  They have denied me medical treatment that I need.  I have arthritis in my knees.  I have a semi dysfunctional jaw from lack of medical treatment.  I have 80% loss of vision in one eye.  And I have other internal organ infirmities that need medical treatment.  But though I have trouble walking I will stand and voice my objection to the cold blooded mistreatment of indigenous people in this land and others.  I will speak out always against the cold blooded atrocities that are caused directly by military weapons and/or political policies that cause people to take their own lives as in my country and other countries around the world.  And though my vision may be failing me somewhat I can still read the writing on the wall.
Though this country is in great financial peril money - is not the cure. There are some writings today that this country will be destroyed by fire, well let me tell you, or should I say, reiterate the words of my elders and others; the fires are burning now, right now today all over the world the fires are burning.  There will be natural devastation upon devastation coming to this country that has used the land and resources of my people to pollute and destroy the natural order of life. You reap what you sow.  And as my people say everything that goes around comes around.  As Einstein said, “For every action there is a reaction.” 

I may live a hundred years or I may die tomorrow; but I will always have concern and sorrow for those innocent people that lose their lives.  It is such a great tragedy that even some of those who pull the triggers and attack others have been convinced they are doing the right thing for some bureaucrat with little or no understanding of life that espouses some rhetoric about justice being served. 

If I sound angry or hurt or disappointed or a multitude of other emotions you would probably be correct.  I remember once upon a time, in my naïve belief that sooner or later I would be free and justice would be served. In my case after 33 years of illegal imprisonment justice will never be served, it will be up to the Creator to bring about a reaction that may in some future time balance the scales.  But for me and the others like me, whether they are among other prisoners in the US prison system or dead in the streets of Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza Strip or South America or some reservation road or some ghetto street, justice is not being served at this time. 

If there is anything further I could say that would affect you in some way it would be to encourage you to take a few minutes out of your life and quietly sit and reflect and maybe just maybe you can hear the mothers crying for their lost children and the men crying for their lost wives and daughters and the grandfathers crying for their lost sons and I could say more but perhaps you may have grown tired of my commentary.  Thank you for your time, thank you for reading this, and don’t let evil triumph.  Say something. 

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and all the others who gave their lives that future generations might enjoy some time together on this beautiful mother earth,


Mitakuye Oyasin (All My Relations)

Leonard Peltier

PS.  I also want to take this opportunity to whole heartedly thank all those who wrote the prison on my behalf recently seeking my transfer to Turtle Mountain facility in North Dakota.  Thank you.
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