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kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 4:26 am
This is a very good site for background and information...

Henry P (171)
Monday January 19, 2009, 4:41 am
Noted. This is good. Thanks Kat

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Monday January 19, 2009, 4:45 am
Wa do {ty} Kat for this site and article my sister of light. This is noted and bookmarked. I have something to add here if you don't mind, it has to do with Leonard, I got this via private email and want to share with all:

For anyone who is interested,

Event Description:
From: Silent Bear


Date: Thursday, January 7, 2009, 3:16 PM


Leonard Peltier : 33 Years Behind Bars, 33 Years Searching for American Justice

"America,when will you live up to your own principles?" (Leonard Peltier)

Boulder, Colorado -- The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (Colorado Support Groups),

Indigenous Support Network and 180-11 will be presenting an educational event on the University of Colorado

campus on February 6th, 2009 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment

of Native American political prisoner, Leonard Peltier.

The event will feature talks by Chief Leonard Crow Dog(world recognized spiritual leader), as well as David Hill and Ben Carnes, of the LPDOC. There will also be performances from local Lakota drum group, the Plenty Wolf Singers and Aztec dancers, Grupo Tlaloc, from Denver. The event will begin at 7:00pm in room 100 of the Mathematics building.

(The LPDOC will also be staging a rally followed by a march outside the Boulder City Courthouse

on Pearl Street starting at noon on Feb.6th 2009 - same day)

Leonard Peltier is an internationally recognized political prisoner who has been imprisoned for 33 years.

(recognized by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Amnesty International, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson ect...)

This case needs to be brought back into public awareness at this pivotal time in American history. With the innaugaration of our first minority president, we need to look soberly at our history in order to bring about a future of justice, equity and healing for the nation. Especially in regards to the treatment of the first nations peoples of the western hemisphere.

To quote Leonard Peltier, "To heal will require real effort, and a change of heart, from all of us. To heal means that we will begin to look upon one another with respect and tolerance instead of prejudice, distrust and hatred. We will have to teach our children-as well as ourselves-to love the diversity of humanity....We can do it. Yes, you and I and all of us together. Now is the time. Now is the only possible time. Let the Great Healing begin."

(Peltier-from Prison Writings-My Life is my Sun Dance).

The ideals of a nation and a man's life are hanging in the ballance.

Wakan Tanka, Unshimala yo (Great Mystery have pity on us) Mitakuye Oyasin (All My Relations).

LPDOC website www.whoisleonardpeltier

Thanks for letting me share sweet friend.
Many blessings of hope for Leonard, and to all in our world,

sue M (184)
Monday January 19, 2009, 4:56 am
Hope he gets out. The FBI should be investigated!
Thanks Kat

Pamylle G (461)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:05 am
May he be set free !

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:16 am
Wado FreeSpirit!
Now check this out!:

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:33 am
Thank you Kat!! Noted!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 6:12 am
Noted thanks Kat.

Morgan Griffith (225)
Monday January 19, 2009, 7:40 am
Thanks for the story and the link to the site. Thankyou Free Spirit for the additional info.

Eleanor B (909)
Monday January 19, 2009, 10:14 am
I have subscribed so's I get updates. I hope very much he will be freed before much longer!!! And that the FBI are investigated over this travesty. Thanks, Kat and Free Spirit.

. (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 12:43 pm
noted thank you

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 1:07 pm
Urgent Alert--Sen. Dorgan Calls Peltier trial "fair and just"Please write, call, or fax (Senators do not read email) Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), who recently stated his belief that Leonard Peltier’s trial was “fair and just.” Dorgan is chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, which is responsible for the funding and oversight of the BIA police force that terrorized the Pine Ridge reservation in the 1970s. Even if he does not support Leonard Peltier, Dorgan must acknowledge that the families of victims of federal violence such as Pedro Bissonette, Buddy Lamont, Sandra Wounded Foot, Frank Clearwater, and many others deserve the same recognition and respect as those of FBI agents Coler and Williams. Their deaths have gone not only for the most part unpunished, but also uninvestigated. History, as well as justice, demands a full congressional investigation of the events of 1973-1977 on Pine Ridge and beyond. Dorgan clearly has much to learn, and he should begin his education by asking the FBI why they are continuing to withhold documents and how they could have “misplaced” the Myrtle Poor Bear files, as they recently claimed in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We must pressure Sen. Dorgan, as well as educate him.

As committee chairman, he will have to be more responsive to tribal demands, so tribal resolutions directed to both Dorgan and Obama are more important than ever. We will be drafting a model resolution soon, so please contact our office if you would like to work on presenting it to your tribal council. But please call or write Sen. Dorgan (form letter below for guidance) by next week and forward any responses you may receive.

For Freedom in 09,


Senator Byron Dorgan

Washington, DC

322 Hart Senate Office Bldg

Washington, DC 20510

Phone (202) 224-2551

Fax (202) 224-1193

Dear Senator Dorgan:

I was disappointed to learn that you consider the conviction and sentencing of indigenous activist Leonard Peltier to have been “fair and just.” Amnesty International, which closely observed the 1977 trial and subsequent hearings and appeals, came to quite the opposite conclusion. In calling for Leonard’s “immediate and unconditional” release on Nov. 16, 2000, the human rights organization stated that it “has repeatedly voiced serious concerns over the fairness of the legal proceedings which led to Leonard Peltier’s conviction and sentence, and believes that political factors may have influenced the way in which the case was conducted.” Every federal appeals court which has reviewed the trial has found evidence of government misconduct in the case, even while denying Peltier a new trial. For instance, Appeals Court Judge Gerald Heaney, who rejected Peltier’s motion for a new trial in 1986 on technical legal grounds, five years later wrote that “the United States government must share responsibility with the Native Americans for the June 26 firefight.”

As Heaney also wrote, “We, as a nation, must treat Native Americans more fairly….Favorable action by the President in the Leonard Peltier case would be an important step in this regard.” As chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, you are in a position to initiate this healing process. It must be remembered that agents Coler and Williams were far from the only victims of the conflict on Pine Ridge, in which the BIA and FBI were key players in propping up a corrupt dictatorship. You owe it to your constituents and to yourself to conduct a full-fledged investigation into the dozens of deaths on Pine Ridge in the 1970s. Such a process, perhaps along the lines of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will help heal the wounds of the forgotten victims of U.S.-backed death squads, as well as contribute to a fuller understanding of our shared history that will help prevent future conflicts.


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Sheilah Bebbington (95)
Monday January 19, 2009, 2:09 pm
Thank you and noted. It's time Leonard was set free..!!!!

Michael Owens (1647)
Monday January 19, 2009, 4:53 pm
Noted thanks Kat.

Janet Solomon (231)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:14 pm
Thank you Kat. It's certainly about TIME...O my Gawd! Love & prayers for him still stand...always.

Vanda H (459)
Monday January 19, 2009, 8:57 pm
NOTED Thats AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!!! I am so happy for him..he will now be a free man!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Kat

Larry D Grazier (1362)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 2:20 pm
I am very happy to hear the good news! This month of January 2009 is off to a good and great start! A new president who is the first Black American to be our President, The Border Patrol Agents set free and now we are very happy to have Leonard Peltier set free! Is America great or what? We the people of America are Happy are having a good start in 2009..."Indian Boy"

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 3:20 am
I will pray for you, "Hang Peltier", because you seem to be so full of hate. I imagine it is very painful for your Spirit.

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 5:13 am
To all concerned, News flash: This just in via my private email, sharing this with everyone here, please share with all that you know, Wa do {ty}

Dear LP Supporters

I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his
arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into
population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him. The
severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his
head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a
concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers is
swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage.
There was blood everywhere from his injuries.
We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI
orchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about his
safety. It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not even
know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this heinous
assault. Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be a
conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner.
He was placed in solitary confinement and only given one meal, this
is generally done when you won't name your attackers; incidentally
being only given one meal seriously jeopardizes his health because of
his diabetes. Prison officials refuse to release any info to the
family, but they need to hear from his supporters to protect his
safety, as does President Obama. His attorneys are trying to get
calls into him now.
This attack on LP comes on the heels of the FBI's recent letter,
prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit LP
as a model prisoner. Anyone who has been in the prison system knows
well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges
against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given
points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator.
It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use
Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage "it
takes an Indian to catch an Indian". In 1978, they made an attempt to
assassinate him through another Indian man who was also at Marion
prison with LP. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him
instead of taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE AT FREEDOM. When
Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard
Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He also began to speak
on Leonard's behalf until his murder six years ago today. Prior to
his murder, Standing Deer confided with close friends and associates
that the same man who visited him in Marion to assassinate Peltier,
had came to Houston, TX and told him that he had better stay away
from Peltier and anything to do with
We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support for
his continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also also seeking
support from Native People. So please be aware, and keep Leonard in
your prayers. The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact we are
having. If they will set him up to blemish his record just before a
parole hearing, what will they do when it looks like his freedom will
become a reality? We need to make sure that nothing happens to him
Please write the President, send it priority or registered mail.
Email to or email President Obama. Call your
congressional representatives and write letters, not email, to them.
Do what you can to get the word out to insure that LP is receiving
adequate medical attention for his injuries.
I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at
this time to help. I don't know what else to do. Please Help!

Thank you
Betty Peltier-Solano
Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and respect.
Canaan Federal Prison

Leonard Peltier's New Address:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Canaan
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 300
Waymart, PA 18472 / USA

I am writing my letter to President Obama today...this is so wrong.

Blessings all,

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 5:15 am
Wa do for this terrible update, FreeSpirit...

Charles D. J (11)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 6:29 am
The 'welcome' beating that Leonard Peletier received on his transfer to Canaan Prison is mind boggling! Somehow, someway, the truth needs to come out and Leonard needs to be granted his freedom!

BernadetteP P (72)
Friday July 24, 2009, 8:02 pm
i hope he will go free also
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