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Leonard Peltier Family Accuses US of Medical Neglect

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kat yazzie (400)
Monday November 15, 2010, 9:21 am
Censored News Special Edition

Monday, November 15, 2010
Leonard Peltier Family Accuses US of Medical Neglect

Contact: Delaney Bruce, Legal Team Liaison, Leonard Peltier Defense
Offense Committee, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106, USA; Telephone:

Peltier family accuses U.S. government of medical neglect
By Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
"A man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes in this country. Why
does my brother have to wait over a year to receive even a diagnosis?"

Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who maintains his innocence,
was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two
agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977. Imprisoned for
35 years-currently at the federal prison in Lewisburg,
Pennsylvania-Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty
International. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and
others-including a judge who sat as a member of the court in two of
Peltier's appeals-have all called for his immediate release. Widely
recognized for his humanitarian works and a six-time Nobel Prize
nominee, Peltier also is an accomplished author and painter.

Sister Betty Solano says Peltier began exhibiting symptoms commonly
attributed to prostate cancer over a year ago. His age (he is 66 years
old) and family history are risk factors for the disease. Pressured by
Peltier's attorneys, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ran standard blood
tests in June. Peltier received the results last week, over four months
later. A physician only now says a biopsy is needed to make a

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 men in the United States. Medical
experts agree that the cure rate for prostate cancer is high, but only
if detected early.

Even if Peltier doesn't have cancer, the symptoms indicate a serious
medical condition and one that could lead to serious complications if
left untreated.

A physician who conducted an independent review of Peltier's medical
records in 2000 concluded that Peltier's overall medical treatment is
below a reasonable standard of care. Decades ago, Peltier suffered a
stroke which left him nearly blind in one eye-damage physicians say
could have been prevented had he been treated sooner. In the 1990s,
there was international outrage after the BOP botched surgeries to
correct a jaw problem. Only then was Peltier transferred to the Mayo
Clinic in Minnesota for treatment. Subsequent procedures were
recommended by a specialist, but never performed by the BOP.

"Last week, at the United Nations, the United States claimed that it is
unequivocally committed to the humane treatment of all individuals in
detention, including criminal detention. Delaying tests, avoiding a
diagnosis, and preventing proper medical treatment for a potentially
life threatening disease is not humane by anyone's definition," a
spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee said.

"Unfortunately, this situation isn't unique to Mr. Peltier. Many U.S.
prisoners die prematurely because treatment is delayed or denied."

Family members want the government to release Peltier who was denied
parole in 2009. His North Dakota tribe has twice passed a resolution
asking the government to transfer Peltier into their custody. Peltier's
many supporters believe his release from prison is the only way Peltier
will receive humane treatment.


US Versus Leonard Peltier: Evidence of a Wrongful Conviction. From the
files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:


LPDOC - PO Box 7488 - Fargo, ND 58106
(701) 235-2206 (Phone); (701) 235-5045 (Fax)

Apolonia Pl (392)
Monday November 15, 2010, 9:42 am
"Peltier's many supporters believe his release from prison is the only way Peltier will receive humane treatment." So what can we do to cause his release? 33 years of prizon isn't enough to satisfy USA judicature?!

Jae A (316)
Monday November 15, 2010, 9:56 am
Thanks for this update on Leonard. It is all so tragic. Justice..ha ! This is how they think they can keep the people from rising up and protesting more than ever , by keeping him in prison. Has nothing to do with a crime but his actiivism leadship role of course.

The Kent State murders of protesters, years ago, showed how this government thinks about our right to assembly, especially when it's something that people are unhappy about when it comes to the government.Take out the loudest voices first is their motto...

There is zero reasoning for Leonard to still be in 'captivity' l when even 'they' know he is innocent.Denying medical treatment ........just barbaric/inhumane . . . and they called the Nstive Americans savages. IN 2010 look at who is the savage still to this day...... Not the Native Americans.

Merike L (1)
Monday November 15, 2010, 10:00 am
Is Obama deaf or blind? Why this man is not free yet?

Patricia Cannell (852)
Monday November 15, 2010, 10:13 am
This whole thing saddens me. Remember people - this is the government that y'all voted for. Not me - I'm Canadian. Noted.

Carol H (229)
Monday November 15, 2010, 10:26 am
noted, thanks Kat

Jeannette A (137)
Monday November 15, 2010, 10:39 am
Perhaps if we can make enough noise and force it to Obama's attention, he will do the honorable thing and make sure that Leonard is released. In the meantime, we need to seek for alternative ways of getting medical treatment to Leonard.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Monday November 15, 2010, 11:12 am
Thanks Kat--we need to free him now!

Ramona Thompson (210)
Monday November 15, 2010, 11:25 am
Thank you for sharing this information.

By delaying medical screening and lab results for Mr. Peltier, critical time has already been lost. Our prayer is that he doesn't have cancer, but if he does early treatment is critical. Not only do we demand timely medical screening and treatments for him, but we demand he be released into the custody of his tribe. His guilt is highly questionable, but the truth of his being an activist is no doubt the prime catalyst. No doubt at all.

Michela M (3964)
Monday November 15, 2010, 11:44 am
Noted!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela

Krasimira B (175)
Monday November 15, 2010, 11:52 am
Very tragic. They want him dead. Agree with Jeanette - permanent pressure on a high level. Leonard Peltier is symbol of the Native Americans adamant spirit. Thank you Kat.

Natalie Away J (125)
Monday November 15, 2010, 11:55 am
Why jail a man for so long for a crime he didn't commit, and why deny him proper medical treatment as well? Obama needs to make a decision ASAP.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 15, 2010, 12:16 pm
sad,very sad

chris b (2474)
Monday November 15, 2010, 2:52 pm
This man should not be incarcerated any longer! Even if he was guilty he has more than served his time! It is only the pig headedness of the system that keeps him locked up. The authorities never like those who protest their innocence and resist all efforts to free people in Leonard's situation out of administrative cussedness and rank stupidity. Similar situations have occurred in the UK penal system sometimes resulting in large compensation payouts but that is no compensation for losing ones freedom. The perversity of the innocent person pleading guilty to a crime they did not commit i n order to receive a lesser sentence is one of the shameful facets of British justice which appears to replicated in the US. The system really seems to have it in for those who protest their innocence and I feel Leonard is not only in this category but being a First Nation American also likely gets up the craw of white "justice" One can imagine the judiciary saying off the record " How dare this "Indian" claim he is innocent" Blind prejudice is a terrible affliction! Set this man free while he still has some life left to enjoy!

Debbie Hogan (115)
Monday November 15, 2010, 3:06 pm
Blatant, callous disregard and disrespect...and why, why, WHY is that man still locked up...? I have a sneaking suspicion you just may be right, chris...

"...being a First Nation American also likely gets up the craw of white "justice"....."

Ellen W (0)
Monday November 15, 2010, 3:50 pm
Poor man should be released or serve his time on his native lands. There are probably so many more prisioners being denied care. The US spends more on prisons than on education, but they don't even treat the prisoners humanly. What a sick society.

Alicia V (181)
Monday November 15, 2010, 4:47 pm
I agree with you all. Let's take some action here. Leonard needs to be free.MUST BE FREE. And on top of it he needs urgent medical attention, cure and freedom. So what are we going to do? Something. Let's please do something. NOW!!!!

Agnes H (144)
Monday November 15, 2010, 6:53 pm
Noted with sadness. I know what the Peltier family must be going through as I know what we went through when they thought Les had Prostate cancer, luckily for us it was just enlarged. It doesn't take away the agony we had until the results came through!
I believe Mr Peltier isn't being released because the government is afraid of reprisals once he would be free. I thought Obama would have understood what oppression of people meant and that he would have understood what the N/A are going through, even now! But from where I stand, I know he has a harder job as President because he has to overcome the Racist factor, but he seems to be exactly the same towards the N/A as every White Man used to be and still is!
I agree with everyone else, he's being kept in because he was an activist, although I was too young to know about American Politics and that, I had other problems as well and we didn't have a TV, thus I only found out about Mr Peltier when Dandelion put word out about him and I started looking up things about him. Even now where ever you go the Indigenous people are treated worse than anyone else!

Charlie L (47)
Monday November 15, 2010, 7:03 pm
Noted, t.u. Kat for this very important post. I've suggested recently, and I repeat....all of us who really care about justice for Leonard need to send printed or hand-written letters to President Obama demanding Leonard's release. Emails are perhaps better than nothing, but letters are more effective and stand a better chance of actually being read by the President. And he needs to be bombarded with them! So, please ask everyone you know to write to the President on Leonard's behalf.

All of us here can agree that what our government has done to Leonard is an abomination, but it will not change unless we take significant action. So, as Alicia said above, "Let's please do something. NOW!!!!"

Charlie L (47)
Monday November 15, 2010, 7:24 pm
Noted, t.u. Kat for what I deem a very important post. I had already written a comment about this, but for some reason unapparent to me it was not added. What our government has done to Leonard Peltier is an abomination, a travesty of justice that President Obama should have corrected his first day on the job. I think just about everyone here will agree that this case is a horrible injustice, but it is not likely to change until we take significant action. I have suggested this several times recently, and I repeat....we need to bombard President Obama with printed and hand-written letters demanding Leonard's release. Emails are perhaps better than nothing, but letters are more effective and are more likely to actually be read by the President. As Alicia said above, "Let's please do something. NOW!!!!"

Sally Roach (3)
Monday November 15, 2010, 10:40 pm
of course Leonard can't get decent medical care. You have to be a charles manson or a richard speck to get that privilege. The government just wanted this great man and warrior shut away because he was telling the truth after years of our government lying to us. I grew up in Montana with Indians and what we are taught in our schools and history classes is very far from the truth. It is time to release this political prisoner.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday November 15, 2010, 11:11 pm
That's what a government is for you, useless! An innocent man who served behind bars for 35 years yet they lack the decency to offer any medical help Leonard needs. That to me says that they are simply pure EVIL! It is all about power & control as releasing Leonard they would be defeated & by no means will this ever happen. They can never be wrong, they will make sure that he dies in prison since they were given the power by us when they were elected! Leonard to admitting guilt, then they would say see we knew it all along. Our government, we would be better off with no government as they are not for the people & they are a hinder to all of us! We need to pray to God so that somehow Leonard will be miraculously healed. Thanks Kat.

kat yazzie (400)
Monday November 15, 2010, 11:29 pm
At this time, the LPDOC wants as much pressure exerted on the White House as possible. The message? Release Leonard Peltier!

We prefer that you call or write. Letters and phone calls are taken far more seriously by the White House.

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

You can Fax your letter, if you like: 202-456-2461.

Comment line: 202-456-1111 or -1112. If you have trouble getting through, call the main switchboard (202-456-1414) and ask to be connected to the comment line. Lines may be busy or you might be placed on hold. Don't be discouraged by this. Hit that redial button or wait for your call to be answered. Remember that you're competing for phone time with other organizations, as well as competing with your fellow Peltier supporters. Keep trying.

You may send an e-mail, but e-mail won't be nearly as effective:

If your oganization wants to demand Leonard's release, submit a message to the White House here:


SANJA l (96)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 1:20 am
Sadly noted.

Daniel C (58)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 1:57 am
I send prayers for his health, & hope for justice.

Joy W (103)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 4:18 am
Sadly noted, thanks for posting.

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 6:19 am
The injustices against this man just keep piling up.

Natalie Away J (125)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 8:46 am
I have to add another comment on this. TO OBAMA: swallow your pride, and free this man. Give this man his life back, you know it's the right thing to do.

Jae A (316)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 10:12 am
Ditto Natlie J...but 'in this day and time', as my grandmother would say, to get a politician to do what is right is like trying to get one pick up a rifle of their own and stand on the front lines of a battle in progress.. Not ah gonna happen. The are all truning their backs on the people while throwing a few hard dried out biscuits to us as if they had just solved all the problems they can while others tell us they have better biscuits to throw to us to keep is calm and ........silent. Got milk, anyone .........hard to swallow without a little milk at least.

Jennifer L (40)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 10:13 am
Very tragic!

Jae A (316)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 10:29 am
It is apparent that 'they' are hoping he will die before he can be release so as not to have to admit to their mistakes.

Voula Angelakis (156)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 10:51 am
Noted. That's very sad. The truth always hurts and the government punished everyone the do so.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 2:55 pm

Valerie H (133)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 3:40 pm
a very tragic story indeed...thank you for sharing with us.......

Deborah B (72)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 8:15 pm
Thank you for sharing this news, Kat, although it is a forever travesty that keeps on without justice.

Ester Hellen (228)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 12:59 am
Thnxs Kat. I do not understand why they don't monitor his health.His condition is getting worse with heart disease and diabetics.It is very dangerous for him when he gets wounded.My opion is that they want to get ride of him in a "natural"way.

Sue L (63)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 10:08 pm
Perhaps if we keep the pressure up Leonard will finally be freed.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 7:11 pm
You just might have something there, Jae...Out of sight, out of mind...Brushing him under the proverbial carpet...It's a crying shame...Come on now...It's been 3 decades...The man is ill...Let him go back to his family...

ewoud k (68)
Friday November 19, 2010, 5:03 am
It's double standard too: if a thing like this happens in a far away (even communist?) country, our western governments are the first to protest.

ewoud k (68)
Friday November 19, 2010, 5:11 am
Keeping this man in jail for over 30 years is WAAAAY too long, it's like sentencing to death without pulling the trigger. So, if he dies in prison, this will be a cut in costs.

The only need for the government to keep him jailed, ill or not, is not to loose their face, not to have to admit that he should never have been convicted.

It will be hard to get him out, Obama could (and should, you're right) have done in the early days of his presidency, now that time has passed it will be more difficult to explain why now (and not earlier), so I'm quite pessimistic.

I just read somewhare that a government official stated that all prisoners get equal treatement. So be it, but why has this equal treatement to be of lousy quality? OK to equality, but to equality of high quality level!


Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday November 19, 2010, 8:14 pm
It was a botched, unfair trial to begin with...I've been reading about this that the prosecution conceded that there were several firearms present at the scene...that they were badly burned...and most importantly,ultimately, that there was no concrete proof linking Peltier directly to the weapon that fired the fatal shots. If this was indeed the case, then WHY is that man still behind bars after all this time...and why has he still been denied parole in spite of such an incredible amount of support? I really, REALLY don't understand...and yes, ewould....Apparently it is a double standard...

Sharon Karson (82)
Friday November 19, 2010, 9:15 pm
It makes me sad that any human should be treated so inhumanely. Has anyone actually contacted Obama about a presidential pardon? If a judge in his appeals case says he is unfairly incarcerated, why is he still in jail?

perlita a (20)
Friday November 19, 2010, 10:19 pm

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 8:28 pm
thanx Offline Kat, great comments, someone mentioned Prayer. Ahoo, Wakan Tanka/Great Holy Mystery hear the cries of your Holy People as we request your help in helping our Brother Leonard through his illnesses and it's time for him to go back home NOW. TLAZOHKAMATI/with my lips I give you my heart, Oh Great Spirit/OmeTeotl. Ahoo!!

Paula L (17)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 7:49 pm
Noted Kat & Thank You.

Henry P (171)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 5:34 pm
Noted and Thanks Kat

SusanNoMailPls D (30)
Friday November 26, 2010, 12:30 pm
Noted and shared.

kathryn cook (628)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 8:35 pm
tragically noted

Michael Feenaughty (267)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 4:52 am

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 1:44 pm
Thanks noted

Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 5:01 pm
noted and thanx Kat

Helen Avila (166)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 9:25 am
The mistreatment of native americans is still a blight on our government. Makes one ashamed
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