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June 26th Statement From Leonard Peltier


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Kat
- 1909 days ago - freepeltiernow.blogspot.com
Greetings my friends and relatives, I want to start off this statement or speech or whatever you want to call it by saying again as I've said before thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and for standing up for...



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kat yazzie (400)
Friday June 26, 2009, 8:10 am

HERE IS THE ENTIRE STATEMENT:

June 26th Statement from Leonard Peltier

Greetings my friends and relatives,

I want to start off this statement or speech or whatever you want to call it by saying again as Iíve said before thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and for standing up for right wherever you are. I canít express to you in words how extremely grateful I am not just to the people of America but to the people all over the world who have supported the cause of Indian people and myself.

I know a lot of you have given up a lot to help so many in my predicament. Daily I am made aware of political prisoners around the world. Many who have been killed or tortured or who knows what for trying to right the wrongs in their area, country or nation. I have been asked to make statements in support of other movement people around the world from time to time, South America, Europe and other places. People who love freedom, people who love the earth, people who love their family, people who love the freedom to make their own choice with their own resources, and all indigenous people- we share a common bond. The bond of brother and sister hood, the bond of believing there is a greater power than ourselves. And I donít mean some government power; I mean the greatest power in all the universe the Creator Himself.

We also as human beings upon this earth have to recognize that there have always been those who suffer from an illness called greed. They have an appetite for gaining material wealth that is never satisfied. They have an appetite for land that is never satisfied. And the most common symptom of their illness is indifference to the suffering they cause with their quest. These people are the ones that have identified themselves as our common enemy. It is so terrible that under the guise of religion and shouting freedom they pit one people against another. This isnít something new. All down through history it has taken place. All down through history there have been men, spiritual men, holy men, great thinkers and philosophers who have tried to unite us against this common enemy.

Today my brothers and sisters I want you to know that if nothing else if we donít unite against the destruction against the Mother Earth we will have a common future that is void of clean air, clean water, and basic freedoms. We must reach our hands out to embrace others to the cause of life. We must do our best from where ever we are with whatever tools available to enhance and further our quality of life. We must find a way to break down the barriers that divide one people from another. We must find the things we have in common and find ways to solve our differences as basic humanity. We must evolve to a higher level of thinking or to as you might say a traditional level of thinking which obviously is superior to what they call progress today. Our traditional values taught us to live in harmony with Earth the greatest manifestation of the Creator that we have to relate to. Our traditions taught us to respect our bodies the greatest gift we have or possess as an individual. Our traditions taught us to preserve the environment for our children and all our future generations. As a member of the American Indian Movement these values are what we were about. Poverty isnít solved by money poverty is solved by attitude. The problems we have today among all our people are caused by attitude. They are caused by an attitude that was given to us in boarding schools and on reservations that were nothing more than concentration camps in the past. They are attitudes by people who came to us talking to us about God and wanting us to embrace their version of religion and as one brother said once, ďThey told us to bow our heads, and when we looked up our land was gone, our culture was gone, our children was gone, our way of life was gone.Ē And now the air itself is dwindling.

I have been in this cage for some 34 years and though I have been caged I have sought the spirit in prayer of our brother the eagle, I have sought to have an overview of things for as anyone can see I donít have the freedom to examine life from a close perspective. And from this distant view, abstract view, this detached view, at times I get to see the destruction and divisiveness that these political powers that have scattered us for so long have involved themselves in promoting among our people. I donít know if it is because I am older now or because my future is so uncertain or if through some spiritual inspiration I deeply want to say so much. I deeply want to move you to do something to save our earth and our children and our childrenís future. I didnít get to raise my children; I havenít got to really know them or my childrenís children. I may never get to, but I
love them all just the same. And I love life as much as anyone on the outside. And I donít know how long I will walk this cage. Some days I feel quite healthy and energized and some days I feel like the 64 year old man that I am. Iím always hopeful that I will be free at some point, perhaps in the latter part of July after my parole hearing, and perhaps I wonít. The people that hold me, the FBI and the conglomerate corporations that have for so long controlled the resources of this country and others and for so long have done their best to stifle, to denigrate, and to vilify the voice of the oppressed are some of the most formidable well funded political people on Earth. I was told that the FBI themselves are some 10,000 strong.

I am but a common man, I am not a speaker but I have spoken. I am not all that tall but I have stood up. I am not a philosopher or poet or a singer or any of those things that particularly inspire people but the one thing that I am is the evidence that this country lied when they said there was justice for all. I am the evidence that they lied when they extradited me from Canada. I am the evidence that they can lie at your trial, they can manufacture evidence at your trial, they can intimidate witnesses at your trial, they can have back room conversations and agreements with the judge at your trial. I am the evidence that the attitude, the powers that be still hold us in a grip. They hold us in an emotional grip. They hold us in a poverty grip. They hold us in a cultural deprivation grip. I could go on and on about the things that go on that weigh so heavily against our people but the bottom line is my case is well documented by court after court after court, by hearing after hearing after hearing, by statement after statement after statement. And we as a people are the evidence that this country fails to keep its treaties, this country fails to keep its word. This country has failed to follow its own Constitution - the treaty between the people and the government. We are that evidence. I am nothing more than evidence. That is why people all over the world and here at home have supported the cause of justice in my case. In my particular situation I canít say that there will ever be any level of justice.

They cannot give back the 34 years of life that have been taken from me. They can not give back the life of Joe Stuntz that they took June 26th 1975. They cannot give back the lives of the 60 something people that they directly or indirectly caused the death of. They cannot give back the thousand upon thousands of Indian people that were killed and abused since the inception of this government. But the one thing we can do, we must do, is find a way to change their attitude. My brother Leonard Crow Dog once said, ďIf you want to change the white man you have to change his religion.Ē And religion is a word that means how you do something on a regular basis; most generally it is associated with your spirituality. Perhaps with global warming as it is and the changes in the weather patterns and the questionable future that faces the earth, they will start to listen. Maybe they will reach back and embrace the words of our people foretold again and again. We must live the way that the Earth will renew itself every spring. We must help them reach back. We must speak to them at every opportunity. We must make an effort to reach back ourselves to our own cultural values. And in doing so we can start to solve the many destructive challenges we face. We must more than ever before find a way to heal the wounds of our children and prevent the social illnesses that are so prevalent across our reservations and communities. We have the tools, we have the teachings, we have the philosophies, we have the culture, we have the artists, we have the singers, we have the philosophers, I could go on and on but in essence what I am trying to say is it is imperative that we bring together all our resources to enhance the future for our children in a way that they themselves can further the healthy teachings of our culture and way of life; and in doing so I have no doubt that we can change the world.

If I am freed next month or if I die in prison remember my words and remember we are evidence that the Creator made a beautiful people a people that respected the Earth and nature and each other. We are evidence on every level of goodness that when the Creator made us He meant for us to be free. All our traditions have taught us this way. And even this very form of government that exists today was copied from our people. Our people with our foods, our medicines, belief in freedom and right to choose have influenced the world. Its too bad they didnít adopt a healthy attitude that we had toward the Earth or an attitude of respect for us the first keepers of this portion of the Earth. If there is something about me that this government can point at and say is wrong or any person say is wrong I will by my own choice, if it proves to be fact, seek to fix it myself. But I also want to remind them the policies that have been in place for so long have made us what we are today. The policies that have been in place for so long, have created another reservation called Iraq and another reservation called Afghanistan, and the list goes on and on, you see whatís happening over there is what happened here and all down through North and South America.

I am just a common man and I am evidence that the powers that put me here would like to sweep under the carpet. The same way they did all of our past leaders, warriors and people they massacred. Just as at Wounded Knee the Fifth Cavalry sought its revenge for Custerís loss and massacred some 300 Indian men women and children then gave out 23 Medals of Honor and swept the evidence of their wrongdoing aside. Perhaps this statement is somewhat more lengthy than the others Iíve made; perhaps it is some things I should have said before and perhaps more, if so I hope you will forgive me. I recently was thought to be having a heart attack because of pain in my chest. After having been beaten and kicked and stomped in the last year, I am not quite sure what was causing the pain. I had never been beaten, kicked and stomped like that before. And also I have never been 64 years old before. The one thing all this did for me is it really brought home my sense of mortality. I donít want to spend the rest of my life in this prison. And I donít want you to spend the rest of your life in some prison of the mind, heart or attitude. I want you to enjoy your life.

If nothing else give somebody a hug for me and say, ďThis is from Leonard.Ē

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier
 

BernadetteP P. (72)
Friday June 26, 2009, 8:16 am
NOTED KAT
 

Faith M. (167)
Friday June 26, 2009, 8:44 am
That is one of the most beautiful truthful things I have ever read Kat and has tears roll from my eyes and heart I am quite without words for he has said it all
 

Pamylle G. (461)
Friday June 26, 2009, 9:26 am
This man is truly a Warrior of Spirit, with a beautiful heart. Such a man never deserved to be behind bars.

Thanks, Kat.
 

Nancy Welch (68)
Friday June 26, 2009, 10:20 am
Thank you Kat for sharing something so heartfelt from such a wonderful person. I wish him all the best on his parole hearing and hope the next picture we see of him is of him leaving the prison and heading home to his family.
 

Rhonda Maness (602)
Friday June 26, 2009, 10:32 am
Thank you Kat
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 26, 2009, 10:46 am
An American Injustice to this man of such honor and spirit..Bless him for what he stands for..noted
 

Elm Morrison (357)
Friday June 26, 2009, 11:16 am
What a beautiful and wise soul. Thank you for sharing this Kat. I hope and pray for his freedom. May he spend the sunset years of his life in peaceful freedom.
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Friday June 26, 2009, 11:18 am
I must respectfully beg to differ.

Leonard is no common man.

Thank you, Kat
 

Christina G. (41)
Friday June 26, 2009, 11:24 am
Leonard continues to teach us that spirit cannot be confined. It eludes the bars that hold the body, slips out from chains meant to control the mind, flowing free with the wind, reaching the hearts of those who seek to listen.

He has endured the torments of imprisonment & separation from his family & home for far too long. Sending our strong & heartfelt prayers for his release this July.
 

Tierney G. (383)
Friday June 26, 2009, 11:29 am
This was beautiful. What a waste to have such a wonderful mind and spirit locked up in a cell for all these years. I hope he gets freedom soon!
Thanks Kat
 

Just Carole (338)
Friday June 26, 2009, 11:29 am

Kat, as always, I thank you for consistently posting noteworthy news.

This is a message many of us need to refer (and re-refer) to during those times when nothing seems to be working.

There is nothing stronger than a soul that is committed to truth and righteousness.
 

Raffi LidoRoiz (312)
Friday June 26, 2009, 12:13 pm
Thank you so much, Kat. Noted.
 

Karen S. (106)
Friday June 26, 2009, 12:44 pm
Okay, so you got me sobbing too. This man has endured a lot. I wish him freedom; he has a lot to give and the world needs all the wisdom he is willing to impart. Thanks for a great story.
 

Alicya L. (228)
Friday June 26, 2009, 12:44 pm
Thank you Kat.
I hope he walks in freedom very soon!
I am reading his book My Life My Sundance for the second time now
 

Simone D. (1485)
Friday June 26, 2009, 12:46 pm
Thank you Kat.
 

sue M. (184)
Friday June 26, 2009, 1:16 pm
They can hurt the bones, damage the eyes, tear out the tongue and never let one out of the cage but they will never be able to cage or destroy the spirit. It is an impossibility.
 

Just Carole (338)
Friday June 26, 2009, 1:21 pm

Yes, Sue . . . And there is nothing more dangerous than people who have "nothing left to lose."
 

Charlie L. (29)
Friday June 26, 2009, 1:37 pm
Thank you so much Kat. I am so moved by this man's indomitable spirit. May the Great Spirit be with him and protect him now and always.
 

Margo Lodge-Seven Oakes (38)
Friday June 26, 2009, 2:11 pm
Thank you Kat for doing this. Leonard fits the saying on my profile

A HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS HAVE PASSED
YET, I HEAR THE DISTANT BEAT OF MY FATHERS DRUMS.
I HEAR HIS DRUMS THROUGH OUT THE LAND
HIS BEAT WITHIN MY HEART
THE DRUMS SHALL BEAT, SO MY HEART SHALL BEAT.
AND I SHALL LIVE A HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS.
 

Shirley H. (49)
Friday June 26, 2009, 2:57 pm
Free Leonard
Shirley H.
 

Talldeer C. (47)
Friday June 26, 2009, 3:34 pm
This is a Beautiful man and I pray wiyh all my Heart and Soul for his Freedom.I Have never read anything so True!! to drive me to tears so much!!! I cry for you my Brother and love you with all my Heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wado Kat..
 

. (0)
Friday June 26, 2009, 3:38 pm
Leonard I know you are reading theses from deep with in my soul and with tears running down my face the words you say are so true, Want you to know that you are and will be in my prayers that you will be free soon. You words are true compassion and of love and I thank you so much and we all need to hold together in peace and love through out our people. Take care my friend and keep us up to date. Be well and take it easy. Thank you Fait for the foward so I can keep up with all.
 

Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Friday June 26, 2009, 4:20 pm
Beautiful letter, definitely a keeper. Everything Leonard has stated here is so true. I have tried before to tell people that our political documents that people believe to be so unique were if fact copied from the indians and this is true, century old treaties the indians held with other tribes. I have books which go into this in detail. Absolutely amazing facts therein, among my most favorite books. Their ways of living were far more complex than most realize. The american indians had a very rich culture which is far superior to our own in so many ways. The most important part about Leonard's letter here is not how great a man he is (and he is a great man), not the relevance of his words of wisdom but very close. The most important part of this message is not that you read and think how intelligent, deep, and compassionate this man is - the most important part of Leonard's letter is that your action does not end with a comment here - but that you do precisely what he is telling us to do - this is very, very important. Take his words to heart and ACT on them. Our future does depend on it. Listen to Deepak's words of wisdom too. If you don't read his daily quotes please start. I don't know how Leonard can call himself a common man, as he is anything but common. This just shows he is a humble man. I sincerely hope he is given his freedom and I hope everyone who has read this has written or is writing a letter on his behalf to the parole board requesting his release. Maybe if he were a free man he would realize how much positive influence he has had on the world, how many people look up to him and love him. It would be a cause for celebration on the whole planet if he were allowed to walk free and it would also be a milestone in accomplishing exactly what he is speaking of above in his letter.
 

. (0)
Friday June 26, 2009, 5:37 pm
noted thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 12:53 am
My friends,No matter what happens in life,always stand in the rightful place the Great Mystery has placed you in the circle of life.We are created as common beings,we are created to stand in the circle of life,not on it.Our lives are dedicated to the unborn,we are not in history books or museum.I believe Leonard P.will be free soon..Thanks to the many prayers around the Globe.Thanks Kat.
 

. (0)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 6:09 am
THANK YOU KAT....
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 11:08 am
Thanks , noted , he should be free !!!
 

murray m. (100)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 12:05 pm
May you soon be free from the cell you occupy, and return to the world you are truly a part. May God go with you. With love for my fellow man.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 3:18 pm
Thank you for sharing Kat. What an inspiration to us all. May he soon be free.
 

Peace Monger (185)
Sunday June 28, 2009, 12:29 am
Leonard Peltier has spoken to our hearts; it's up to each of us to carry his words into the world so that we may heal the illness of greed.
We are one; one with one another, one with the universe.
Do not be deceived by popular culture which says we are separate, that we are nothing without the current fad/product, etc. These are only distractions intended to make us feel worthless!
Leonard's thoughts are the thoughts of the Universe made solid, believe them, speak them...live them!
Many thanx Kat for posting these truths.
My prayers each of us carry these truths into the world and help begin the healing.
Peace m'friends!


You know there really is still a chance for peace and that chance will definitely increase if we each do our piece. So letís make peace -- in our homes, in our own hearts, in our relationships, in our communities, in all of our dealings and in the world. Peace be with us all.
 

Debra R. (33)
Sunday June 28, 2009, 2:57 pm
I FEEL THAT HE WILL BE RELEASED AND I BELIEVE THAT HIS LIFELONG SUFFERING FOR LIES AND GOVT AND FBI 'S DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NATIVE PEOPLE WILL END IN JULY! IF IT DOESN'T ONLY THE CREATOR CAN STOP THESE GREEDY LIAR'S AND PIGS FROM MORE DESTRUCTION TO HUMANITY AND THIS WORLD AROUND US.
 

Anne P. (249)
Monday June 29, 2009, 4:14 am
Thank you, Kat! I have read many of Leonard's writings over the years and he never fails to touch me deeply. I will continue to pray that he is soon released and reunited with his family.
 

Winefred M. (88)
Monday June 29, 2009, 6:01 am
Thank you Kat. Very touching statement.
 

Brigid C. (118)
Monday June 29, 2009, 6:25 am
Kat, O'siyo and thanks. What an amazing man is and what a beaustiful statement. God bless him and protect him, free him!
 

Dusty W. (1339)
Monday June 29, 2009, 7:37 am
YakokŪ Kat...........his heart touches so many......how I wish the government would right the wrongs done to Leonard and set him free
 

Dalia H. (1278)
Monday June 29, 2009, 2:26 pm
What a Great man!
Noted with many thanks for sharing this with us Dearest Kat.
Thanks to Dandelion, too, for sending me the link to the news.
Love,
Black Dalia:)
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Monday June 29, 2009, 6:25 pm
Noted and cross posted every where else I try to connect with People. Thank You,
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 7:47 am
Gave all my friends a hug and thanking those who took time to accept the hug and read article. You are welcome Black Dalia. More hugs for those who read this, for Kat for posting....and a big one for you Leonard.
 

Ronald Withrow (106)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 5:00 pm
Osiyo and wado,Dandelion G.! Locan said it well...Leonard is no common man. We are their worst enemies because the Spirit of the people has a long memory.
 

Merthyr Stevens (55)
Friday July 3, 2009, 9:32 am
Oh Kat, thank you SO MUCH for forwarding Leonard's statement - I read every word of it, and it has brought tears to my eyes and a quiver to my chin. My heart is breaking for the injustices you have been suffering Leonard, and I pray to He who sees all, that your freedom is imminent. Big, big hugs to you, and many many blessings. I am sad sad sad!!!! My heart is with you all as you battle on for justice on all fronts.......I feel a part of me is with you!
 

Cathi Hartline (248)
Friday July 3, 2009, 11:28 pm
thank You Kat and Just "C" You work so hard and it is appreciated!..blessings...hopefully one day the reasons for such unjustices will be revealed!
 

Sally D. (88)
Tuesday July 7, 2009, 1:40 pm
Such a heartfelt, spiritual and true statement spoken from the soul. Leonard's words are spoken with compassion, with honesty, wisdom & from the heart. Leonard is an inspiration to us all and if there were more people like him in the world, what a beautiful world it would be. We are all with you Leonard. I have spoken out on your behalf, signed various petitions to give you back your freedom & forwarded to all my contacts. May the Great Spirit be with you. I send you my prayers. My Beautiful Cat Shadow is sending her prayers from Rainbows Bridge and My Earth Cat Tiggy Willow is sending her prayers.
SALLY D.
 

paul r. (48)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 3:40 am
Many thanks Kat for sharing this - words of wisdom to be noted by us all - our common enemy is greed, we cannot sit back and allow greed to destroy what we hold so dear - hope 27th July gives Leonard his freedom at last - keep fighting the good fight! Peace and Light...
 

Kath W. (56)
Thursday July 9, 2009, 12:19 am
Thank you so much, Kat. Noted. I hope and pray that Leonard will be free next month. I can just see him in my minds' eye, with his children and his grandchildren's arms surrounding him with love. I watched that movie you gave the link to. So very, very sad and unjust - everything that he has suffered. May he be released very soon, and find peace and joy in the rest of his life.
 

Nina James (18)
Thursday July 16, 2009, 9:40 am
May all the Leonard's of this Good Earth feel the breath of freedom graze their skin...and may they share in the once bountiful fruits of the gifts from above... May we all humble ourselves in the greatness of Leonard's spirit and be lifted as he lifts us... With prayers of soulful retribution on my lips, I pray those that defy truth - find truth and thus Leonard shall live forever in the spirit land of freedom... For his soul is already free and flying as do the butterflys who grace the sky and no White Man or other Man can secure and capture and retain HIS SOUL... You are LOVE - and Leonard You are LOVED... thank you for your sacred beauty...and peace be untoward you...
 
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