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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...

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kat yazzie (400)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 3:40 am
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.


kat yazzie (400)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 3:41 am

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

Pamylle G (461)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 4:43 am
This is an outrage !

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 5:03 am
Noted thanks Kat.

Michael Owens (1647)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 5:36 am

kat yazzie (400)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 6:08 am


Past Member (0)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 6:54 am
will do,
thank you Kat

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 6:56 am
I'm absolutely digusted at the way the system has treated Leonard Peltier from the get go, now this. He is a man of many winters now and with health problems, no matter what our criminal justice system feels he did or did not do he does not deserve this. He is after all someones family member, a human being, and his being behind bars has always been in dispute. Why did they need to move him now at his age and in ill health when he was at least more safe where he was. If they moved him at all it should of been nearer his people so his family could visit easier. The Justice system has failed his entire family and Nation penalized them for something they did not do. Employees in the criminal system need to take the responsibility of protecting those in their system. Please everyone take the time to write, whether you think he is innocent, guilty, do not know anything at all about the case, no human should have to be subjected to this.

Oso Blanco Defence Commi (52)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 7:02 am
Moccassin Telegraph will hear this news! PLEASE WRITE you guys! We need to stand with our brother!

Faith M (161)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 7:21 am
I have written I will call and I will e-mail Obama-I have asked Ancestors to watch over-angels to protect and wished for Leonard Many Blessings.
I am standing!Noted Kat

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 9:05 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

Marion Y (322)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 9:34 am
This is so disgusting. There's no doubt in my mind the FBI and authorities instigated this attack using racist inmates to do the dirty work. It's an old story that continues to keep a black stain on America. I have written my letters to Obama, Holder and the people above. Thank you so much for keeping us informed, Kat.

Brandy Huston (230)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 9:52 am
noted and letters sent. My thoughts and prayer with Leonard. Thanks Kat.

Misti Blue (41)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 10:23 am
Noted and letters going out today. Thanks Kat!

Michelle Lell (255)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 10:25 am
Outrageous...He needs to be transferred to the custody of the reservation!!

Dave Kane (308)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 11:03 am
I will write and call also -- maybe, just maybe, Obama will bring about change towards truth and justice (frankly the economy doesn't worry me much -- a crappy system deserves to die a natural death) ; /


Eleanor B (909)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 12:23 pm
I am horrified and I will write.

Joe Oliver (22)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 12:37 pm
I will tell you one thing is for sure. Obama, just like the other presidents before him, will do nothing for our people. You can protest all that you want but what our government only understands is violence. This is unfortunate but it is the truth. Leonard and his brothers fought fire with fire and even though our brother is where he is, the government did listen. Obama will turn his back on the native people as they always do. I am sorry Leonard, my brother, I am there with you in spirit, I would take your place if I could. Our petitions fall to death ears unfortunately, if we want our brother out, we need to go to the old ways, the ways of the warrior. We may die but we will be remembered and we will be free, even in death.

James Anderson (42)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 1:05 pm
on their way
my prayers are with him and his family
Thank you Kat

Roxanne Greschner (4)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 1:31 pm
Free Leonard right now. This is a terrible situation.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 2:13 pm

I'm so sorry to read of this - I will take action!


. (0)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 2:26 pm
God bless you leonard

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 4:31 pm
Noted and letter send with thanks Alicya L. and Kat Moasi

sue M (184)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 4:55 pm
If we let this go, we leave the door open for it to be done to us.

Never stop fighting - never give up!

Rod Gesner (60)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 5:17 pm
The Use of Prison Gangs as a Death Threat and Torture is aLong Standing Tradition with "Law Enforcment"
This is "Federal Justice" at it's Worst..
My Father Did Federal Time For Sending Back his Draft Card they were beaten By Guards and inmates;
Draft Ressistors were Dragged Down Stairs By thier Heels; By Guards.
My Father Was Moved From Connetitcut (his Home) to Penn. then Kansas; his only inhouse Offense; a Hunger Strike for inmate Rights; 21 days; Maybe it saved his life; by showing his fellow inmates that he was no Coward?

Henry P (171)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 6:26 pm
Noted Thanke Kat

Pat B (356)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 7:25 pm
Noted, Thank You Kat, for this news!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 8:22 pm
This is simply ridiculous and so very wrong.Why, to this day,are Native Americans treated so callously...and just why is Mr. Peltier,particularly now at his age and failing health, still being treated with such animosity?Why was he EVER treated this way...? This is unspeakably wrong...

kat yazzie (400)
Friday January 23, 2009, 2:04 am
In case the above link isn't working, try this:

Marcia E (54)
Friday January 23, 2009, 6:48 am
add Mumia Abu Jamal, and the Move 9 and Larry Davis to the list and we don't need to worry about Guantanamo we have political prisoners RIGHT HERE!!!

Vivian F (491)
Friday January 23, 2009, 7:23 am
This is horrible!! Poor Leonard was a pawn in this disgusting game and has served most of his life for something he did not do! Now he is being beaten? What more can he endure. HE NEEDS TO BE FREED!

Ester Hellen (228)
Friday January 23, 2009, 7:57 am
Emalis are sent and wil send them again and again!!

Past Member (0)
Friday January 23, 2009, 10:23 am
Google News Alert for: leonard peltier

Barack Obama's 'Citizen's Briefing Book'
Chicago Tribune - United States
One person wants Obama to release Native American activist Leonard Peltier from prison so he can perform a ritual cleansing of the White House. ...

http://www. chicagotribune. com/news/nationworld/chi-talk-citizenjan23,0,1151303. story

President Obama must free Leonard Peltier
Columbus Free Press - Columbus,OH,USA
Federal authorities have quashed or destroyed thousands of pages of evidence that might have freed Peltier decades ago. The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense ...

http://www. freepress. org/departments/display/20/2009/3347

Appeal for Leonard Peltier
Socialist Worker Online - Chicago,IL,USA
Leonard Peltier, one of America's longest-serving political prisoners, has spent more than 30 years of his life behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. ...

http://socialistworker. org/2009/01/22/appeal-for-leonard-peltier

URGENT ALERT! Leonard Peltiers safety is in jeopardy!
Columbus Free Press - Columbus,OH,USA
by Betty Peltier-Solano Following is an extremely urgent letter from Leonard Peltier's sister. Please consider doing anything you can to help stop Leonard ...

http://www. freepress. org/doit. php?strFunc=display&strID=384&strYear=2009

The Shortwave Report 01/23/09 Listen Globally!
Sydney Indymedia - Sydney,NSW,Australia
Native American activist Leonard Peltier, now 64 years old, was severely beaten in a prison in Pennsylvania. From RUSSIA- A commentary on the Obama ...

http://sydney. indymedia. org. au/story/shortwave-report-01-23-09-listen-globally

Day of Action for Leonard Peltier
Infoshop News - USA
In view of what occured Tuesday to our friend, Sun Dance Brother, a GrandFather and Elder, Leonard Peltier, AIM-WEST calls on friends and allies to come out ...

http://news. infoshop. org/article. php?story=20090122171822153

Leonard Peltier beaten in prison
The NarcoSphere - New York,NY,USA
Leonard Peltier was jumped and beaten after being transferred from a prison in Lewisburg to Canaan on January 13. The family, however, was not notified by ...

http://narcosphere. narconews. com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2009/01/leonard-peltier-beaten-prison

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday January 23, 2009, 1:23 pm
Noted and letters will be sent.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday January 23, 2009, 2:40 pm
Wrote before and will write again. Thanks to everyone -- I think we DO have a chance to be heard in our numbers!

Past Member (0)
Friday January 23, 2009, 6:16 pm
Letters will be written... it's past time for some justice!!
I lived in Rapid City during Dick Wilson's reign of terror. Word on the street was - don't go near the "res", Dickie might mistake you for an Indian.. and it was said with a snicker. It sickened me!! The bigotry towards blacks is common knowledge and all kinds of people have fought against it. What is less commonly known is the level of bigotry, hatred, injustice (none of those words are strong enough!) that Native Americans have been facing. Yes, we need to write on behalf of Leonard - but we also need to speak more loudly, and more often, about the "attitude" that allows such injustice (and poverty) to exist.
That's my rant, with tears. Now it's time to rest a bit (CFIDS flare) so I can write a meaningful letter.

Eternal Optimist (115)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 11:06 am
Very Sadly Noted, thanks Kat. I've already signed two petitions and will look for more. Leonard needs all the support he can get until he is freed.

kathryn cook (628)
Friday January 15, 2010, 7:56 pm
ty Kat for your perseverance -

Lori Mabry (18)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 10:15 pm
This is an absolute atrocity.Enough he has never received justice.His imprisonment just shows the discrimination and injustice that is appalling.When is it enough? Talk tell your neighbors your family your friends...

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 6:07 am
Letters sent TY Kat
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