Dear President Obama Please Free US Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier 2015

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December 21, 2013 Amnesty writers, the Leonard Peltier Offense Team, Defense Team and everyone else who will not let him be forgotten spread awareness of his plight.

August 18, 2012 update Leonard Peltier's story on YouTube

January 5, 2011 update Aaron Huey, America's Prisoners of War, ® byTedTalks director

November 28, 2010 update

New Documentary Film,Wind chases the sun: The Leonard Peltier story, A Preston Randolph production.


True American's Rights

As a young child, I stood in the living room, and listened to a speech by a Black Southern Reverend, known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was only 5 years old, but I remember that day, like it was yesterday. I could not move. I stood transfixed. My heart was set. There was a new day dawning in America. Finally, in 1963, 250,000 people of all colors, races and sects joined together to hear about the Dream that many have desired since the founding of this Country. What I appreciate about this movement is that it included all Peoples. It was the beginning of a new day for people of color...


Aaron Huey, Americas' Prisoners of War

The People Have Been Left Out Of The Dream

I do not appreciate that there were some People left out of this Dream. It was not due to Dr. Martin Luther King's shortsightedness. It was do to a grip, the U.S. Government continues to hold on Native Americans to this day. Our Nation's history cannot be ignored. What was done to the Native People is a horror that makes slavery look like "fine dining" (it was not). Anyone knows there is Karma, or sowing what has been reaped, and I believe this is why a Death Grip has been held over The People. It is the day to let go.


In the spirit of crazy horse, call to action, release Leonard

Explorers Find The Other India

When explorers started landing on what is known today as the Americas, the Spanish, Dutch and then Europeans, felt they had some kind of Divine Right to the land, including the Indigenous Peoples who were here. History tells us that Spanish Conquistadors often used the Native Indians to war against other factions who attempted to settle. Unfortunately, the very unclean habits of the Spanish explorers introduced diseases to the new land almost immediately.

A couple of hundred years later, European Criminals were set onto ships with scarcely enough provisions, living in filth and disease. They landed on North American shores, and declared all they could see as theirs by Manifest Destiny, and Divine Right. The Natives they met upon arrival, were mostly helpful, and assisted the new Pilgrims in staying alive, and taught them to feed themselves the first couple years in this new land.

Although many of these 'prisoners' sent to America were classified as such, was because they protested the ruling Hierarchy and the Church of England. They had no vision to see that Natives were content and correct in their Spiritual beliefs.

How could they love an Earth that was being destroyed in jolly old Europe by industrialization and wonderful Coal fire energy? They could never understand the Natives playful and cheerful nature. They could never fathom a relationship between Man and the Wind, Woman and divine inspiration. They could not understand why the Natives were comfortable and not starched up in clothing that was uncomfortable and unhealthy.


Leonard Peltier's Story -- YouTube

New Americans - Charters - Equality

Even though these now freed, New Americans, wanted to create a New Charter that viewed all men as equal, and gave every person "unalienable rights" , and Freedom from Religious dictatorship. When the new criminals landed, and were cared for by Native Indians, helping them survive their first winter, they did not consider the Native People more than the Wild Animals and Wilderness they must subdue. Several hundred years of European Creep, built gold brick upon gold brick of greed. The Europeans had filthy sanitary practices and they spread their sickness rapidly, killing many Indigenous peoples with their careless and prideful 'christian' attitudes and closed minded ways.


Buffalo Medicine, the caged eagle Leonard Peltier

The First Wounded Knee -"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown.

The history is long and horrible, and if you would like an accurate account of the push of the Native Americans onto Reservations, and the proceeding massacre of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans at the first Battle of Wounded Knee, read, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown.

I read this book when I was 11 years old. It was another defining moment for me. I have never stopped being an activist for Civil and Social Justice. My heart has been with the Native Nations since then. I have Native Blood running through my veins, but because of the shame and fear of being associated with Indian blood, my genealogy has been buried long ago. My spirit continues to cry out for Justice.


Siege de Wounded Knee 1973

1973 Wounded Knee II

In 1973 the United States Government once more declared War on the Native Americans. There was a lot of corruption in government officials who had access to Indian Reservations. Adding insult to injury, one of the worst was at The Pine Ridge Reservation. One agent, a man who was supposed to be there for the betterment and protection of the Tribal Peoples, was responsible for at least 60 executions of the same Indians he was in office to protect. The AIM (American Indian Movement), opposed Oglala Tribal Chairman Richard (Dick) Wilson, and seized the town of Wounded Knee in protest. [The murder rate of Natives on this Reservation at the time was 170 deaths per 100,000 ]. Leonard Peltier a young man, and member of AIM, who came in for the demonstration and removal of Dick Wilson, ended up in the middle of a battle known today as Wounded Knee 2. The U.S. military and government officers, including the US Marshall's, surrounded Pine Ridge the same day, and laid siege against it and suspected AIM members for 71 days.

Two FBI agents were brutally murdered, in this incident and that is a horrible loss.These many years later, with all of the crime scene technology, and understanding of Crime Scene evidence, there is no real and lasting evidence that Leonard Peltier murdered either of these agents. Recently, more evidence can prove, he did not kill either of these two agents. As with many other incidents we have been made aware of over the decades, Law Enforcement has at times been corrupt and made grave errors. The AIM, knew the attitude, and knew they could never receive Justice or a fair shake. Two FBI agents had been gunned down, and someone was going to pay. A thumb print on a gun that was destroyed in a fire, and could no longer be fired; "Witnesses" who's testimonies were coerced by whatever means, should no longer be enough to keep a man in prison his whole adult life.


Leonard Peltier Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Leonard Peltier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. This cannot be done by mere letter writers, and political activists. Nominations are given through careful diagnosis of the life work of a person. He has been made an example of how you do not mess with the White Man when he sticks you on a Reservation. Mr. Peltier has done enormous good during his years of captivity. He is an example of what happens when Law Enforcement acts on emotion instead of following the law they are supposed to enforce. I have followed this case, off and on for over 40 years. Me and a group of protesters showed up at the Los Angeles Bureau of Indian Affairs to protest and have a "sit-in" over the actions of our Government in 1973.


Usa Lakota, Wounded Knee

Justice and Resolution

The only way there is going to be true Justice and resolution in this matter is by Forgiveness. History has proven that it was standard practice to stand behind corrupt officers assigned and put in Office by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The FBI, was not known for good behaviour during the 1950s - 1980s. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, have many bones in their old closets. We need to come to grips and realize it was a bad situation made worse by the desire to assert control over the Native Nations that should have been allowed to be the beautiful and fruitful People are Destined to be.

Leonard Peltier has served someone else's time and been punished for murders he was simply accessory, to. He is a 'Living' example". The entire Pine Ridge Reservation have paid over and again with abject poverty and a hopelessness that has settled into pockets of generations of a once proud and majestic People. Enough is Enough. Instead of Federal Law Enforcement agencies continuing to be a threatening presence to any President who would dare free this "Example". It is time for forgiveness. A time to move forward. Today is the day to let it go, and Let Leonard Peltier go!


Political Prisoners - Human Rights

Amnesty International is a non-profit group worldwide, who investigates cases of Human Rights violations. They have no benefit in declaring Leonard Peltier unlawfully convicted of the murder of the two FBI agents who lost their lives during this modern battle. They have a mission to lobby for and make public awareness of individuals and groups held as political prisoners. They continue to stand for Leonard Peltier. I continue to pray for his release and amnesty against any further punishment... Enough is enough. Drop the egos - Let Forgiveness, Peace and Progress reign. Let us restore the Native American Nation and help the Healing begin.


Reservation - POW's

Many Reservations are reeling in poverty, alcoholism, drug addiction, and all the crimes against one another that come with abject poverty and hopelessness. Like any person who has lost their home, these Earth Connected People, have had their Religion and joy stripped from them.The Tribal Peoples, have had blow after blow from the Country they can count on to steal from them and deceive them. Should this happen in America? Who could Dream such a thing? The Natives should be restored to their tribal ways, their beautiful Spirit and courage. We need to stop this 240 year pissing contest. Free Leonard Peltier , and let the Healing begin. Native Tradition has much to teach us all, it may be the Native ways that save our Earth after all... Aho ~ I say, "Let the Healing begin today ~ Great Father in Washington" Please continue to keep promises that have been broken for too many moons.

Thank You President Barack Obama - Thank you FBI - Thank you BIA - Thank you AIM - Thank you Leonard Peltier.

Pine Ridge Res - today

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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

Thank you for sharing this on hubpages. It was very informative and your heart came through the words.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear ecoggins, Thank you for stopping by, giving this a read. I am glad the passion. It is real. I think if more healing take place, it will be good for all.


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soheilr 6 years ago

I've seen these "Free Leonard Peltier" or "Free Mumia". Honestly these are just hypes built by White Guilt and peoples gullibility to believe any convict who calls them selves a "political prisoner". People should actually try looking into such incidents for themselves rather the believing a pamphlet.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you for your comment soheilr, I have followed this case since 1975. I would hazard to say that Amnesty Int'l wouldn't be advocating for this political prisoner if there weren't a good case. Again, thanks for your 2cents worth!


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

I remember first learning about Peltier from the group "Rage Against the Machine." They were a very popular hard rock band in the 90's that wrote a song about Peltier called "freedom."

It is sad that he still spends his days in jail.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

LRC, thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful comment. Thank you for the historic reference of "Rage Against the Machine". :0)


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rlaframboise 6 years ago from 1776

There always needs to be a fall guy to point the blame. What I think is ridiculous is that when a federal agent is killed it is a much more serious crime than killing a Native American or even regular citizen for that matter. If he is guilty he should stay there, if he was an accessory the case should be re-evaluated.

Nice work on this hub by the way I just don't believe that politically Obama could release Peltier without a firestorm.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

rlaframboise, I agree. With all of the 'hate' and meanness President Obama endures, it would be dangerous for him to do this today. Hopefully he can let this be one of those "last minute" Presidential actions as he heads out the door! Thank you for stopping by, giving a read, and leaving a quality comment. :0)


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RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

I am so glad you wrote this article! I can't even begin to thank you.

This issue is little known in the U.S., with hardly any media coverage of this sorrowrful imprisionment! EVER! You gave important historical facts about the People, as well as dealing with the issues concerning Leonard Peltier.

This man has been locked up long enough! It's time for him to go home!

Also, the Lakota are some of the poorest of the poor in this country. We should all reach a hand of love toward them, and share with them, and other Natives, what was so brutely taken.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Well well dear friend it seems you've opened a political can, aren't they all. I will imagine PEACE for everyone deserves to live and move at Peace. Great heads up on an ongoing situation to say the least. Hopefully Pres Obama will hear your request to free Leonard Peltier.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

RunAbstract, thank you for reading this Hub, and I am thankful it touched your heart, and is something you care about! The People and our entire Earth needs healing, this will be a great start.

My dear katiem, you are right about a controvrsial subject, i have attempted to make this medicine easier to swallow. If any Prez will do it, it will be this one. Again, it may be on his way out, but if it were today - he would then have the support of many Nations!


JAHnessa 6 years ago

Great Blog. Thank You for the very informative post and the many helpful links.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you for reading and your helpful Comment! Thanks for sharing!


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

I think out of all the people in the US the Native American has gotten the worst deal. Very nice Hub and eye opening.

Voted up!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you SweetSusieg...I just am astounded that it continues, not just with Leonard, but on every reservation it is a toxic dumping ground...will it ever stop?


Snow Owl Clayton 6 years ago

Great reading and truly informative. I have been a supporter of Leonard for around 25yrs now, have done much research into this case and I'll stand by Leonard until he is FINALLY released. He has thousands of supporters around the world, more publicity IS NEEDED in the U.S.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear Uncle Clayton,

Thank you for reading this. Thank you for leaving your comment. You are correct that in the US this has been kept under wraps, while globally others are astounded at the US and her hypocrisy regarding the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the exclusivity to which they grant pardons, and favors, or don't.

President Obama is the one to do this, if I were him, I would rather have the Tribal Nations honoring me for truth and justice, and at least making a few wrongs righted, than the scant support of the greedy and evil ones. The corrupted ones, change their faces, but they show themselves all too frequently.

December, this month is write letters month for political prisoners supported by Amnesty International. I am writing for Uncle Peltier. Spread the word, the circle is widening


Eric 5 years ago

American Political Prisoners:

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

You know I never thought about it like this and you are right. The Native's were here long before anyone was and what they experienced was not right. Very good article. I hope it brings the awareness that you look for.


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Anna Sternfeldt 3 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

Thank you for a comprehensive page on Leonard Peltier'a unfair destiny! Obama has broken other promises about prisoners, so I don't believe very much in him on this matter, unfortunately. But we have to continue our support, spread the word so the cause gets more and more supporters and believe that justice one day will prevail!


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LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear Anna Sternfeldt, thank you for reading this, and for your well thought out comment. Leonard Peltier has been a prisoner of war for over 3 decades; many Presidents have been asked by Amnesty International and other organizations, to grant Leonard Peltier clemency. President Obama has done more for the Native Tribes than any President in history, so it does not hurt to ask, or hope for justice in this case.


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Anna Sternfeldt 3 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

Dear Lilly, I fully agree, it doesn't hurt to ask Obama, absolutely not. He has done some good, sure, I am just very disappointed in his approach to Guatanamo Bay and Peltier..and some other things. But, sure, keep on asking, sometimes the big guys get tired of us troublesome grassroot people :-) I am glad you are there!


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

Simply outstanding hub; yet heartbreaking. I have long been fascinated by the story of my ancestors, although I have Cherokee-Choctaw in my lineage. This is one of the best articles I have read; you did a fantastic job here. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee was one of those life changing books for me. Keep the movement going; eventually it will work itself out. As you said, Karma.


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LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Anna Sternfeldt, Thank you again. The squeaky wheel does get the grease eventually. :0)


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LillyGrillzit 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Mr Archer, thank you for reading this plea, and your kind comments. I am glad to be a voice of awareness for our real history, what has happened, and is happening to The People of Turtle Island. We are Idle No More.

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