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"Leonard Peltier's unjust incarceration remains a festering sore that impedes better race relations in America. Surely the time has come to promote healing and a spirit of trust and genuine goodwill toward the Indian peoples of America with an act that...

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kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 4:52 am

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:01 am
Let me state here that my wish is for Leonard to gain his FREEDOM!!!

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:17 am

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:29 am
Have you guys ever heard of COINTELPRO?

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:41 am
This guy is making money selling his own version of events, I consider him to only be looking for self gain by doing this.

Faith M (161)
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:48 am
Yes it is written by an FBI agent-- those who beleve in the "white "dream of America and then believe all white people share it-the are very deluded and it shows.

Pamylle G (461)
Monday January 19, 2009, 6:23 am
What a horrible thing to put out ! Free Leonard yesterday !

Faith M (161)
Monday January 19, 2009, 6:42 am
I went back and reread it for the third time.
I saw what he wrote and I saw what he left out.
What he left out is the fact that FBI agents are speaking about this man as if Leonard were A part of the average culture in some town USA.
Leonard is NOT a part of sometown USA. He is/was a part of a people that the American government conquered, Lied to, stole from,abused,tormented,tortured,,stole children from and brainwashed.
what some people seem/choose to not remember is this--This was the First Peoples Land and they were a conquered people- Those that tried to Live Peaceably Like the Chrokee were Moved off their land for proit and Trail Of Tears was born-The plain truth is we lost the war and the US government won-THAT is how America was born.In the years that followed the People being moved onto reservations those born on the rez were not allowed to own land and if U were not on the rez and claimed Native American heritage U were not allowed to own land nor vote -Black people received the right to vote before Natives did.This type of treatment and the fear from The White US government that one day Native Peoples would remember the Treaties or rise up to reclaim what was stolen in the name of Greed ,lust,and power ,was and is the governments fear.The BIA is a false flag department established to watch over and inform on Native Peoples operations on the rez. The BIA and other departments like this were /are the governments local newsletter and eyes into what was/is going on on the rez that might be an uprising and a conquered peoples reclaiming of their heritage,rights and land. Those FBI agents that lost their lives were on SOVERGN SOIL!They were/are representatives of a government that has kept up ALL efforts to exterminate /and or assimilate/till none were left the First Peoples of this land--In a place doing what they had no business doing in the first place. They were there to put down an "Indian uprising" .The audacity of this man to sit in judgement of Leonard and call him a "Cold Bloodied Killer" is Ludicrous in light of history and atrocities committed upon the Native Peoples of this land who were/are fighting extermination.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 7:01 am
:::groans::: Let's all just put the babble and propaganda aside, shall we? Bottom line, we're talking about the true natives of this land, not just one man...and the fact that these people are still treated like so much insignificant trash to this very day is far beyond my comprehension. When will we ever learn from history?

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 7:02 am
They need to free Leonard today. He has served 33 years in prison. The only people that say he did it is white people. The government have always stuck their nose in Indian business, not to help but to continue the genocide.

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 7:46 am
These white guys are full of "it"...
I don't know what they are so afraid of!
This government just doesn't want to admit it when they are/have been WRONG!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 8:14 am
Debbie, Leonard Peltier is a true Native of this land and has spent 33 years trying to protect our land. My sons uncle was killed during that period and my sons grandmother had a heart attack and died on Pine Ridge.
As a Native American woman I do not like being called these people.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 8:20 am
For 33 years this man from jail has done more than those on the outside,whiteman FEARS his freedom. He and a few other put together may unite the nations,how will the whites have the courage to look at their own people? How will they ever pay us back for the damage they have done?
They don't want the whoe truth known, esp the FBI corruption runs in their veins,along with hatred. They can't let us grow together.

Kate S (114)
Monday January 19, 2009, 8:59 am

nurith k (93)
Monday January 19, 2009, 9:58 am
maybe this guy is the one, leonard peltier has to suffer so much for, maybe he is the murderer?!?!!!!

Kat T (162)
Monday January 19, 2009, 11:37 am
It's starting to sound like maybe things are moving & there is a real chance that he could be released if they need to put out something this fearful to counteract it. ... just maybe... that's my thoughts

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 12:27 pm
I think you might be right, Kat!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 12:39 pm
The do this sort of thing everytime it is near a parole hearing, just like they move him right before a parole hearing.

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 12:45 pm
I am sending up smoke...
Let us pray that this is the reason they have moved him, Lyn!

. (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 12:47 pm
noted thank you

kat yazzie (400)
Monday January 19, 2009, 1:05 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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Brigitte T (69)
Monday January 19, 2009, 2:27 pm

Lyta V (36)
Monday January 19, 2009, 2:50 pm
I believe his release is being seriously considered and the FBI agents that had so much invested in the coverup and miscarriage of justice are hoping to keep him contained. Yes they fear him. Not because he will be a unifier, but he will then be able to clear himself with the freedom of movement and access to support to do so.

Most but not all law enforcement are honest hardworking ethical individuals who truly believe they are doing right by the communities they serve. However, those who are charged with enforcing on native lands for the most part if they are of the above mindset get sent to Timbuktu for their freedom of thought. Those that are left are tainted by those who precede them. The mindset that natives are lazy, alcoholic good for nothings. Why? It's the government policies and the BIA oversight that continues to disallow progressive change on the reservations. That isn't included in their mindset. This individual should be vilified for what he is, someone who has such a need to vindicate himself he will continue to perpetrate an outrage and lies that compound daily. Please send Obama a message that Peltier should be released and pardoned.

. (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 6:58 pm
The F.B.I. done all the things to him were a set up lies and decite. They are wrong and they know it. I hope they have hauning dreams every night. Thanks Kat Hugs

Past Member (0)
Monday January 19, 2009, 7:11 pm
No disrespect meant, Margo. I know what he has done for you but cannot presume to imagine just what he means to you. Perhaps I should say no more regarding this. I only know that it is shameful how, to this day, the U.S government stil has such disrespect and disregard for the natives of this land.

Kathleen R (983)
Monday January 19, 2009, 9:33 pm
My own family, for one, is dedicated to FREEDOM for Leonard Peltier!!!

Henry P (171)
Monday January 19, 2009, 9:41 pm
Noted Thanks Kat

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 2:46 am

Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 5:27 am
I almost intentionally ignored this article. Because of the title I thought those who want keep Leonard Peltier locked up were putting out more propaganda. Leonard is a political prisoner he is meant to be a caution to those who cross the powers that be-whether native or not.
If we are going to clean up our country then we must clean our conscientious as well. Let's begin by freedom for Leonard Peltier.


Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 5:37 am
Btw....unless things have changed a lot in Washington, Senators and Congress-persons MUST keep a permanent record of all incoming phone calls, that is when the call came in, what the topic was, and your position on that topic. Letters and e-mails are recorded, but not considered as important, the same is true of petitions - unless they have a massive number of signatures.

Linda H (199)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 8:40 am
I hope he will be free soon! Thanks,Kat.

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 8:47 am
Noted and hope he will be free soon, too!
Thanks Kat

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 5:55 pm
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 again!
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

kat yazzie (400)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 6:05 pm
This is horrible!!! Thanks for posting this letter, Lyn!

Lyta V (36)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 6:26 pm
I agree Kat. Thank you Lyn, I will do all I can. I wish I could remember the Native American who one of Obama's appointees. He also needs to be contacted. He will be more easily contacted and can easily get a meeting with Obama.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 7:44 pm
He was defending his home..OUR LAND. No reason whites need to even go there we have our own police they should have gone thru channels and daytime.Far be it to people like you having to adhere to the law. Never has,but I pray as of today you good ole boys get what you deserve in life.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 7:51 pm
For all you sick, uncaring people, even as we speak I am praying for you.I am praying you all get what you deserve and need to get in life. Remember in time when things are bad you have thrown your ignorance and hate into a circle, IT WILL COME BACK TO YOU

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 8:20 pm
I suggest anyone who thinks Leonard is deserving to be punished, before you condemn people you need to read the whole story there s no way Leonard did this and there is plenty of proof. I pray that no one in your family ever has this kind of thing to fight and to sit in prison for no reason other than the color of your skin, your religion, or your nationality.

Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 1:21 am
Hi Lyn,

well spoken! I will just add that those who are against Leonard Peltier and accuse him so shamelessly, usually already know the whole story, but they want to cover it up, whether they are FBI related, informants or just total racists. They do not listen, because they don't want to. They don't care how it happened or who is innocent. And generally the whole justice system is terrible. There are official written records that no one knows who killed the agents. So why keep someone in prison for 33 years saying he did it?

Kathy W (299)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 1:25 am
I wish that he would be released also. Thank you for posting this Kat.

Lyta V (36)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 9:21 am
Lyn, he's following your other posts and flaming all of them. Obviously has an agenda so don't even acknowledge his presence, let's all just flag him.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 5:51 pm
Sample Letter to Attorney General (etal) about Leonard
January 21, 2009

Eric H.
Holder, Attorney General Designate
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Re: Leonard Peltier #89637-132

Dear Attorney General Holder:

I am writing today to provide you with a number of serious concerns stemming from the case of Mr. Leonard Peltier and explain how this case impacts all US citizens.

• Mr. Leonard Peltier, is an American Indian that has been imprisoned since 1976, convicted based on fabricated testimony, circumstantial evidence, extraordinary FBI influence and falsified test results.
(Appellate Court findings)

• He was sentenced to two life sentences for “aiding and abetting” when two other persons tried for the same exact crimes were found not guilty because the jury said they were acting in self defense based on the climate of fear pervading the Pine Ridge Reservation at the time.
Whom was he aiding and abetting?

• No federal employee was ever investigated or found responsible for the killing of Joe Stuntz, who was killed at the same Jumping Bull property in 1975. Further there are a number of American Indians that were killed under questionable circumstances on Indian reservations or at Wounded Knee in 1973, while no federal official have ever been charged with their deaths.

• Since 1976 repeated requests for files concerning Leonard Peltier, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the Freedom of Information Act have been unsuccessful. The typical response has been that the files were misplaced or lost, and sometimes after years of waiting the FBI responds with a vague “no”.

• Title 18 Section 4206 (d) states that “Any prisoner serving a sentence of five years or longer shall be released on parole after serving 2/3 of each consecutive term or after serving thirty years of each consecutive term including any life term”. Congress has stated and the Courts have ruled in other cases that Title 18 of the United States Code 4205(a) means that time served is equal to ten years in the case of a life sentence. The law says that a prisoner serving a life term shall be released on parole after serving thirty years if they were not released on parole after 20 years. The most a prisoner would serve is 30 years. This has held true except in the case of Leonard Peltier who has been in prison for 33 years.

• In late 2008 the Turtle Mountain Reservation passed a resolution calling for Leonard Peltier’s release into their custody. Leonard Peltier is an enrolled member of Turtle Mountain. Tribal officials at Turtle Mountain were willing and able to meet almost any given conditions set forth by the Parole Board or the Bureau of Prisons, however they were not given the opportunity to even discuss this alternative, their status as a sovereign nation was totally ignored and Leonard Peltier transferred to Canaan, PA on January 12th, 2009.

• Beginning in October 2008, friends, family and supporters have repeatedly e-mailed, called, and written to the Bureau of Prisons asking for consideration in Leonard Peltier’s imminent transfer. While one recognizes that there are many factors for the BOP to consider, we only asked that he either be transferred to Turtle Mountain facility or closer to home. Instead Mr. Peltier was placed in a facility even further from his home and family making it unreasonably burdensome for them to visit him.

• Once Mr. Peltier arrived at the Canaan prison facility, he was jumped by younger inmates, severely beaten, put in solitary confinement and placed upon meal restrictions despite his having diabetes and other medical conditions. The family has requested copies of the video tapes of that incident to no avail. It is as if the whole scenario was contrived to detract from the fact that Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner having more than enough points to qualify for parole.

• Retired, former and actively employed FBI agents have taken action against the release and parole of Leonard Peltier time and again. While it is their right to speak their opinion, it is not right to do so on federal time and at the taxpayer’s expense. Their letters, writings, articles, books, protests, outcries and interviews concerning Mr. Peltier, are a conflict of interest and tip the scales against him unfairly. In addition, it is certainly questionable as to the timing of a letter written by a former FBI Agent to Representative John Conyers and the beating Mr. Peltier received at Canaan.

It is apparent to me and many others that there are numerous violations of Mr. Peltier’s civil, constitutional, and human rights in the federal government’s quest to punish someone for the deaths of two FBI agents.

Justice has not been fair or blind to Mr. Leonard Peltier who has spent more than half of his life in prison. He is at 64 years old, in failing health and his life expectancy in prison is shortened greatly. And so I ask for your swift review of his case and release him so that he can spend the rest of his natural life with friends and family. The release of Leonard Peltier will go far in repairing the faith of the American people in the justice system and restore hope to many American Indians who otherwise have given up on the federal government’s promises. Thank you.



President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Complaints
Office of the Inspector General
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Room 4706
Washington, D.C.

Harry J.
Lappin, Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St.
, NW,
Washington, DC 20534

Kathleen M.
Assistant Director/General Counsel,
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St.
, NW,
Washington, DC 20534

Morris L. Thigpen, Sr.
, Director
National Institute of Corrections
320 First St.
, NW,
Washington, DC 20534

All Possible Media Outlets – Television, Radio, Print
All Elected Federal Officials

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 6:37 pm
Thank you very much for this, Lyn!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 7:29 pm
The Prison Warden says that they cannot release any information about Leonard until the "investigation" has concluded.

Isn't that nuts?? Please pass that on,Thank you!

kat yazzie (400)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 6:15 am
Yes, it sure is, Lyn! They could tell if they wanted to!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 9:22 am
Peltier attorney Kuzma on American Indian Airwaves
Peltier attorney Micheal Kuzma described Leonard's injuries during
an interview yesterday on American Indian Airwaves.
According to a letter received from Peltier (thus far, neither the attorneys
or Leonard's family members have been able to speak directly with
Leonard), the attack occurred on January 13. Leonard believes he
may have a concussion and he's suffering from headaches that are
a direct result of the beating. His middle finger on his left
hand may be broken. He has a large bump near his right wrist.
He is experiencing pain in the area of his right rib cage and chest
(which is bruised).
Listen to the interview (last 20 minutes of the program):
http://64. 27. 15. 184/parchive/mp3/kpfk_090121_150223americanindian

News article well put together

Eternal Optimist (115)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 11:39 am
Sadly Noted with thanks Kat

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 9, 2009, 3:25 am
Such an awful injustice. I can never understand how this country could invade the Middle East in the name - well that's the latest story that the gov came up with - 'freeing' and helping the people there when the people HERE are still living in conditions of poverty and especially on the reservations. Mr. Peltier's should have been over years ago. It is outrageous.

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