BROUGHT TO YOU BY SNOWWOWL.COM A NON-COMMERCIAL NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL WEBSITE LEONARD PELTIER
July 1, 2005
SEE BIG CHANGES FOR PELTIER ORGANIZATION 5/08 <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> WRITTEN MESSAGE delivered by Leonard Peltier on June 26, 2005.
Leonard Peltier Speaks on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Jumping Bull Shootout
I know this is a dictated speech that is going to be read to you, however, I want to speak to you as if I were there, or should I say, here with you. Every year someone or some people at Oglala remember the sacrifices of the people who were there trying to make a difference for our people. And every year I remember the ones who aren't with us, the ones who can no longer be with us, and the sacrifices that they made.
Sometimes I'm at a loss for words for the heartfelt appreciation I have - that you would remember all of those that gave their lives - as Joe Stuntz did; and, all of those who continue to strive in so many different ways to serve the people. I deeply regret that I can't be there with you.
But yet in a way, I have to count my blessings. I have lived to see changes take place for our people. Though they are not as good as I would wish, there have been changes brought about by Joe Stuntz and others who have sacrificed in some way for our people.
As I said, I have to be grateful because, although in a limited way, I have had the chance to get to know my children, some of my grandchildren, and they in turn have gotten to know me; something that my brother Joe and so many others who lost their lives fighting for the people, did not have an opportunity to do.
When I first came here, I was considered a young warrior and now within my circle, I am looked upon as an Elder- Something that hopefully all of you will come to be a part of in your lifetime.
I had a friend once, an Elder who has since gone on, who once said to me that every person that he had consulted with on their death bed had spoken of the Creator and their family. That became the highest priority in their life and what was left of it. And he spoke to me of many because he had been an emergency room technician at one time.
In thinking and remembering this, it always reminds me of the Sundance and the Sweat lodge and how the extremes of pain and sacrifice always seem to bring those same concerns to mind.
Each of us - from the day we are born, to the time that we pass on, should remember to talk to the Creator and pray for our relatives.
Forgive me if I sound a little sentimental or dramatic, but I've experienced thirty years of dying, thirty years of hearing that some of
my relatives have gone on, thirty years of praying for our people, and I am so grateful that the Creator has allowed me to talk to you in some way and let you know that you are my family.
You are my relatives. You are my young warriors and my Elders. And, if I am remembered for anything at all, I want it to be that I never gave up - for you.
I want you to know that I have faith in you, that one day your efforts will bring about a stronger nation; a nation where alcoholism, diabetes, suicide, and poverty do not control the lives of our people.
I know lately there has been a lot of concern and rumors about various individuals who have collaborated in some way with the
government against their own people, people who are giving away some of our sovereignty; giving away our right to determine our own destiny and to handle our own affairs.
With this in mind, I want to encourage you to remember always who we are and I want to ask you to remind yourselves that this is our land, given to us by the Creator, and our freedom was given to us by the Creator. The forest, the trees, the
animals, the prairie - were all given to us by the Creator. No man of any nation or color or origin has the right to take that away.
We have the right, given to us by the Creator, to resist; to protect our own; to stand firm on the principles and the teachings the Creator has given our people for thousands of years.
We are a beautiful people; we have a beautiful culture, and we should seek to join with all our brothers and sisters and relatives of other Indigenous nations who are faced with the same dangers of loss.
There is an old Cheyenne saying I once heard that a Nation is never defeated until the hearts of it's women are on the ground. The hearts of our women may be low, but they are not on the ground and I damn sure ain't gonna let it happen on my shift.
I love you to the nth degree. I always will. You will always be in my prayers.
Do what you can, where you can, from where you stand and - to quote Sitting Bull - let's see
what kind of nation we can make for our children.
I don't say I love you easily but I want you to know that I love you - my heart is with you and never, never, never give up !
Before I finish, I want to say thank you, though I was told by an Elder that it was better to show your thanks with your deeds and your gifts, rather than just speaking it with your mouth. I apologize that I have nothing to give but I want you to know that you have my prayers, my thoughts, and what is left of my life. I will always be with you.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!!!!
I have just received this message from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Headquarters. Something is definitely going on here...Let's show the government that we are watching out for Leonard........
This morning, July 1, 2005, Cyrus Peltier, grandson of Leonard went to visit his grandpa as he has for the last 13 years. He was stopped at the visiting area and was told, "He's gone". Upon questioning, he was told that Leonard was transferred and after further inquiries, finally found out that Leonard has been moved to USP Terre Haute, Indiana. At this time, Leonard is "in the hole" and is being kept there indefinitely.
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.
It is basic procedure to keep transferred inmates "in the hole" while processing takes place, however we do not know how long that will take.
We are asking anyone and everyone to get on the phones and get out their pens and paper.
Let's flood the telephones with calls regarding Leonard!
Let's stuff their mailboxes with letters about Leonard!
Urge the prison to allow Leonard to contact his family as soon as possible.
Ask how he is, ask where to write, ask if he's OK, ask about his health, his privileges (phones, letters, visits, religious rights, ability to paint, etc.)
Inquire as to his safety-anything-just keep calling and let the prison know that the entire world is watching and is concerned about Leonard.
Please be sure to be courteous and professional, as we do not wish to complicate Leonard's situation.
The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Peltier Legal Team and Leonard's family are working hard to ensure Leonard's safety and we will keep you informed as things develop.
USP Terre Haute
4700 Bureau Road South
Terre Haute, IN 47802
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street NW
Washington, DC 20534
Due to the recent sudden move of Leonard Peltier from Kansas to Indiana, the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee is scrambling to raise money to move their office to be near him. They are asking Leonard's supporters to donate what they can to aid in that effort.
Please send donations to:
LPDC c/o Russ Redner
10905 Kuhlman Rd. #B,
Olympia WA 98513,
LPDC c/o Toni Zeidan
2626 N. Mesa # 132
El Paso, TX, 79902.
For more information call toll free 866-534-6151
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