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Birthday Message From Leonard Peltier Seventy Years

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- 1618 days ago -
I want to send you all this personal message on what is now my 70th Birthday. I really want to thank you all for your years and years of support and love, I would have never made it this long without your love and support. Now 40 years behind bars.


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Animae C (507)
Friday September 12, 2014, 6:10 pm
i received this email this morning, hadn't read it yet.
The dear man's situation is HEARTBREAKING!

BLESSINGS, LOVE & LIGHT to Mr Peltier on his birthday & Always.

Thank You Dandelion

Rose Becke (141)
Friday September 12, 2014, 7:20 pm
I so agree AniMae

Thanks Dandelion

Sheila D (194)
Friday September 12, 2014, 7:42 pm
Thank you Dandelion for sharing this touching message. How time has seems just yesterday that he was sent to prison. It's time for him to come home.

Laurie H (818)
Friday September 12, 2014, 7:42 pm
This is so heartbreaking to read about-will pray for Mr. Peltier. Sending Happy Birthday Special Wishes for continued support and clemency to happen. Thank you so much for this share, Sheryl.~~

Past Member (0)
Friday September 12, 2014, 7:57 pm
Just so sad+unjust...truly sad to read this letter. So sorry Mr. Petier+know millions are thinking of you+are supporting you still...and Happy Birthday. Thanks Dandelion

divergent revolution (309)
Friday September 12, 2014, 9:17 pm
Heart breaking
Thanks Dandelion, I will see Leonard in the unseen world

Freya H (345)
Friday September 12, 2014, 9:39 pm
If he dies in prison, that will bring some terrible karma to the United States.

Mandi T (366)
Friday September 12, 2014, 10:15 pm
So touching, Happy Birthday .

Judith C (159)
Friday September 12, 2014, 10:24 pm
I cannot send funds to help this man. May he somehow, someday be free.

TomCat S (127)
Friday September 12, 2014, 10:31 pm
A political prisoner and a hero.

S J (130)
Friday September 12, 2014, 10:50 pm
thank you Dandelion.
I hope he be freed very soon, best wishes for his Birthday. I shall continue support till his freedom.

P A (117)
Friday September 12, 2014, 11:13 pm
Please God he may raise enough on his website to hire the specialist lawyers he needs and is freed.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Friday September 12, 2014, 11:30 pm
Noted and shared. It is so sad this man is spending another birthday in prison.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday September 12, 2014, 11:59 pm
The lastrealindians site seems to be down - I get nowhere with the links nor with a link from google for this site.
However, I have found another link to his message: Seventy Years
Very moving
And a travesty of justice

Patricia Cunningham (134)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 12:16 am
Noted. and very very sad this wonderful man is still in prison. and i do wish him a happy birthday but not much happiness in prison

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 12:20 am
Your original link is working again ....
Thanks Dandelion - very necessary to keep this injustice in the world's line of sight

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 12:25 am
Searching for this message took me to several interesting places, including the Lastrealindians FB page ... where I read something I'd like to share:
"Objectification Usurpation Elimination ; they're trying to mind warp us all. It is easier to ignore the rights violations of a people if you can dehumanize them. They never thought we'd make it into this century, or the last...but we aren't vanishing, we are strengthening."

So very true - of the Native People, and of others round the globe (including the Palestinians now, the Jews in the past ......)

Patricia E G (52)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 1:37 am
The penitentiaries and penal institutions are psychological torture.
You can detect angst and desperation in Leonard's letter.
Fourty years in prison can take it's toll, time to get Leonard
the hell out of there.

Athena F (131)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 2:17 am
thank you

aa b (10)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:02 am
thank dandelion for sharing this heart break story . I be sending a email to Obama's asking for his release
one never know they might open there eyes and ears and listen to the truth

fly b (26)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:32 am
Clemency now! Free Leonard!
I, too, will write and call the White House. Shame!!
May Leonard be freed, as he should have been - long, long, ago.
ty Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:39 am
We can be assured that the President will claim he doesn't have the authority to pardon Peltier, just like he claims that he doesn't have the authority to reschedule cannabis, much less decriminalize it, or that he doesn't have the authority to raise the minimum wage. Our President apparently only has the authority to wage war whenever and wherever he feels like it...and innocent men and women will continue to rot in prison.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:56 am
Thanks for contacting us.

May they set him free soon,thanks for posting Sheryl.

john d (152)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 4:53 am
Why is this human being been incarcerated for so long ? For what appears to be some sort of trumped up charge. If i had the money , i would buy him the best legal team possible, and no doubt then the u.s.a could see how unjust it has been, and release him immediately . Even after all this undeserved punishment ,he still shows the spirit of the the true decent native american brave. May Manitou look kindly upon you .

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 5:40 am
I am afraid you speak all too truthfully on this Brian. One would think that another minority of persecuted people more than would understand, but afraid it doesn't appear to be so.

Jordan G (37)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 5:44 am
It is we who owe him a message.
Let us call upon those Native ascended masters for their help.
My connection has been to Black Elk.
Who's yours?
Perhaps if we name them, bring them forward, others will be willing to do so as well.

Ben O (135)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 6:16 am
Welcome to Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:

Ben O (135)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 6:21 am
Free Leonard Peltier!

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 6:49 am
Thanks Ben for the live links.

Pat B (356)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 7:31 am
14099 DAYS of imprisonment.!! (thanks, Ben for links)!!! This is sickening. Mr. Peltier, Happy Birthday, and I pray for your release.
Thank you for signing the OFFICIAL petition to FREE LEONARD PELTIER!
Thank you, Sheryl for this.

Lady Suki (446)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 8:43 am
o.o I'd say happy birthday, but being a political prisoner, I don't know how realistic that is? Thanks for the forward.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:09 am
At this point read his message......and it's a good message for us all.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 11:28 am
Thanks Sheryl.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 11:52 am
This didn't really have a petition per say, for those who hunted for it there is. I had posted another link for actual petition.

This was just to read his message to all of us.

For those looking for the link to a petition these will go to my other posts with petitions:
Campaign To Free Leonard Peltier
Mr President Please Grand Leonard Peltier Clemency

MmAway M (519)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 12:04 pm
Thank you dearest Sheryl . Going to read article later, but will get the above two petitions now. Ben thank you also for the links.

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 1:05 pm
Police interrogations can border on the rational to the ridiculous, to the unlawful.
The problem with this is, the public never knows whether the questioning was secured freely or through threatening techniques.

When we can 't trust our police departments, whom can we trust?

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 1:57 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 2:39 pm
Thank you for contributing!
I just contributed to the Leonard Peltier Freedom campaign, won't you join me? Injustice for one is injustice for ALL!

His words there-thanks Evelyn!(I too got timeout, server overloaded b/c b-day I guess) are so warm, emotional and kind, I HAD to do my part to help him walk in beauty on his path to final freedom.
Thank you Sheryl!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 2:43 pm
Evelyn, exacly, is why we need to "connect the struggles" as Dr Masri so rightly said!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 2:49 pm
@Charlie R -easy answer. NOBODY

Abo r (107)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 4:34 pm
Many thanks Dandelion..

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 4:55 pm
May many blessings be yours Angelika. I too donated a small amount, wish it could be more. A lucky find in my walking along a path in the park with no one around presented me with a monetary gain. I gave it to Leonard's fundraiser; I figured Spirits blessing to me was to be given to Leonard as I just found it yesterday, on his special day.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 5:03 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks for posting Dandelion!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 5:56 pm
How awesome that is Sheryl, no doubt it was just that way! Abundant blessings right back to you!

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 6:40 pm
I have signed many petitions to free Leonard P. It is so sad that no one seems to be listening. He deserves his freedom to walk upon the forest floor again. Shame to America, the home of the dissembling, for not listening to the pleas of so many on behalf of this one man. Many of us believe he was set up. May we all send good vibes into the ages to force authorities to listen... as well as support an excellent defense team. Thanks, Dandelion, for your persistence.

Bryan S (105)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 7:59 pm
"It has been my honor to stand up for my Native brothers and sisters and all good peoples of the world. I am very proud to have fought what we call “the good fight” for our future generations. For me, there is no other way."

"I can only say, sitting here in this place, that I hope my years in here have not been in vain. I want my time to stand as an example to you all, that you might find a way to serve in some way, that you might find a way to do some time of your own, for a brother, sister, our children, or our very Earth. Find something to stand up for, do something, help someone. Do not accept injustice. Do not accept intolerance. Do not accept the damage being done to our planet in the name of greed and more material goods. It is up to us to hold ourselves and others to a high standard. My true wish for my birthday is that you take something…. from me."

So inspiring. When is this man going to be set free? The responsibility should not be upon him to acquire an expert legal team, but upon authorities to explain why in the hell he is still imprisoned after all these years, especially considering the dubious circumstances. At this point, they don't even have to say the FBI was wrong. Just make up some speech, blah, blah, blah.

Without doubt, Leonard Peltier has fought the good fight for his people and has accomplished much for their benifit. I'm sure he knows this in his heart.

Thank you for this Sheryl.


Edith B (146)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:20 pm
Thanks, Sheryl, for keeping us informed.

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:34 pm
My message has just disappeared but I am pleased to say I was finally able to sign both petitions! I will be writing the President, in ink, as well as calling. I have a special card I intend to send Mr. Peltier personally while sharing how his poems touch me deeply.
Dandelion, what a Lovely Blessing indeed! In regards to the personal message I sent you earlier, contributing to his defense team is the answer I was looking for!

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:37 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 5:20 am
Thank you Bryan for actually taking the time to read the message that Leonard Peltier shared with us. If I could do nothing more for the man, then to take a few minutes of my time to truly read his words, then so be it. I'm glad however I was able to offer a small donation as well.

Thank you also Susanne for joining in doing that too and in a "just" system Bryan, what you say with Leonard shouldn't have to obtain a defense team, it should be the other way around, I fully agree. If President Obama wants to do something to earn that Peace Prize so easily laid at his feet, then he could at least free this man. American Indians would see this as a great act of compassion towards one of them and a place to offer some healing.....which will allow some peace within their hearts.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 5:44 am
When thinking of Leonard Peltier, also Herman Wallace comes to mind. We as the international community, were not able to free him after an equally long incarceration as Leonard, except for just hours while dieing as a free man in the end.
So let's hope, pray and continue to work more devotedly to spare Leonard that same fate.

Anne P (174)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 7:31 am
Thank you, dear Sheryl for posting this commemoration of Leonard's 70th birthday. Leonard has spent more than half his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. He has grandchildren and great-grandchildren he has never seen. I remain hopeful that President Obama will grant him clemency, at the very least on humanitarian grounds given Leonard's poor health. Bill Clinton could have pardoned Leonard in 1999, but he was too busy granting clemency to his fugitive billionare buddy, Mark Rich - another reason why I have never voted for a Clinton, and never will!

Please read this excellent 2013 article from Alternet, "Why Obama Must Pardon Leonard Peltier":

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 7:39 am
A sad life for this man...Leonard Peltier. Why is this man being incarcerated and for such a long time? Seems terribly obscene and unjust, hopefully some person with clout, power and ethical humanitarian morals will step up to the plate and get him released and pardoned. That would be true justice for a good decent human being.

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Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 11:56 am
There have been many influential people that have stepped up to the plate Dawn, but nothing or no one seems to be able to budge this; including not even to gain him a new trial. So to answer the why, there is no answer but that two FBI agents were dead and someone was going to pay for it. As it happened on the Indian Rez, it was to be an Indian that would pay for it; and seems like any Indian would do.

There are 4 main reasons I am not a fan of Clinton, and what you mentioned in one of those 4 main reasons. Many Democrats love to parade him out as the Republicans love to parade Ronald Reagan and I think both of those men failed this Country. I think when it comes to Parties, people are quick to poke the other Party in the eye but fail to see the major failures within it's own.

The other 3 major failures to me where Clinton's removal of the Glass-Steagall Act, signing in NAFTA, and the Welfare Reform Act. Ronald Reagan set the stage and Clinton removed the last of our protections to be a Country that protected it's Middle Class and had compassion for it's poor or those in temporary struggle. That he released as you said, a Corporate Elitist, speaks loudly to me, that BOTH Parties are bought out but still in fact not everyone see's that. They might see it for "the other" Party, but not their own. But I'll keep hope that as long as President Obama is in Office he'll give Peltier clemency, as I want to place that out into the great Universe of positive thinking.......but deep down......I see another Clinton.

Indeed Anglika, when I think of Peltier I use to think of Wallace and now also Albert Woodfox.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 1:07 pm
It was Anne, not Dawn who mentioned Clinton, but regardless of that, I fully agree with your points Sheryl and I want to thank Anne again for that well written alternet article!
Yes of course, Albert as well, but we keep hoping.

Evelyn Z (300)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 3:53 pm
Thanks Dandelion

JL A (281)
Sunday September 14, 2014, 4:43 pm
May justice arrive in time for him to enjoy his freedom. Thanks Dandelion

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday September 15, 2014, 10:32 am
Thank you for signing! SSN This is so long overdue. Like 30 to 40 years overdue!!!!!!!!

. (0)
Monday September 15, 2014, 3:11 pm
i would hope that when Obama leaves office and does the usual pardons he is one of them. bless you mr peltier

RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Monday September 15, 2014, 11:07 pm
Dandelion after reading Leonard's 70th Birthday message I just felt this painful ache in my heart. I burned sweetgrass sending prayers rising for his Spirit to stay strong! He will not give up - ever ! Leonard is a true Warrior !
Honestly I have to say I'm surprised that after all these years his support seems smaller. Leonard points out some of his family, friends and supporters have died. But there are so many who can take up the cause! Native Americans from all Nations, and all Nations on our Mother Earth should be, now more than ever, at Leonard's side and supporting his defense team financially.
Great Spirit provides and you were Blessed to receive that Gift to offer for Leonard. Soon Peacedovemaker you will find an Eagle feather at your feet, aho !
I also appreciate Bryan S.'s thoughts and comment . I was going to paste a partial statement by Leonard, but Bryan chose exactly what touched me so deeply.
That in the face of feeling discouraged, "rambling" on as Leonard suggested because he is now 70 years old, this Elder pours our Wisdom from his heart encouraging others to stand up for something!
Sorry but I just have to place Leonard's own words down now :
" Find something to stand up for, do something, help someone. Do not accept injustice. Do not accept intolerance. Do not accept the damage being done to our planet in the name of greed and more material goods. It is up to us to hold ourselves and others to a high standard. My true wish for my birthday is that you take something…. from me. "
As soon as I have some funds I will contribute to Leonard's Defense Fund.

"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence screams.
Silence is a message,
just as doing nothing is an act.
Let who you are ring out & resonate
in every word & every deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There's no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.
What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.
You are the message. "

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Monday September 15, 2014, 11:27 pm
Petition for Leonard has 69,569 SIGNATURES NEEDS 1,000,000 signatures
Please sign & share thanks.
To Donate
Donate & Support Leonard's Freedom Campaign


Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 5:25 am
Thank you Rosemary for reading Leonard Peltier's message and for your own message upon this thread. Yes it is a painful letter but he also does in true warrior spirit tells us to stand up and to do something, help where we can.

As for him having less supporters, well I think in this time of endings, there are just so many fires to address it is difficult to know which one or to focus on one. As someone said on another thread for another posting I did for Leonard Peltier, there are many innocent people in prison today. This is so true, our Prisons are full of the many citizens caught up in this Prison Industrial Complex that has grown since Leonard Peltier went in back in the seventies.

It was mentioned by him that he was aware that people are having a hard time financially and this also is so as it's always mostly been the grass roots support he had coupled with some famous names. Many have in fact died and their support gone. His supporters were and are worldwide, but each Country of people are all in fact facing similar issues that we are here in the USA.

So I feel that this could be one of his final messages to us and I think he feels it as well. That due to his poor health, his age, and the facing reality that this Country is in a worse situation to help him not a better one is in fact all setting in and becoming a hard reality to him. He hasn't given up, but he tell us to continue on with the struggle and stand up where-ever we can. He has done the Sun Dance for us all, now take a piece of him so through us he will still be there in Spirit helping us to help each other.


Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 5:28 am
"Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed. Mr. Peltier asserts that 'the blatant government misconduct [was] a mitigating factor which should bear strongly on whether [he] should be immediately considered for parole' [and] he may be correct."

Peltier v. Booker, 348 F.3d 888, 896 (10th Cir. 2003).

fahad Al fahad (140)
Tuesday September 23, 2014, 3:42 pm
whish him More than age and Freedom
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