Unedited Message from Leonard Peltier

I am posting this because some of you may not have heard this important message from Leonard Peltier.
Greg Peterson aka Yoopernewsman
Volunteer media advisor for the Turtle Island Project in northern Michigan
TurtleIslandProject@charter.net

Please forward the following message – please do not edit.

National Day of Mourning Statement, by Leonard Peltier November 22, 2007

The Leonard Peltier Defense kindly requests that you please forward this announcement in its entirety, please do not modify, edit, remove or add to this announcement.

Respectfully,

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Thank You United American Indians of New England ( LPSG )

On behalf of Leonard Peltier and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, we would like to thank the United American Indians of New England, LPSG for their continued support and solidarity. This year’s National Day of Mourning is dedicated to Leonard Peltier.

Since 1970, hundreds of other Native Americans from across the country and their non-Native allies have been converging on Plymouth Harbor to let people know that Thanksgiving is a” Day of Mourning” that marks the genocide of thousands of Native Americans, the theft of Native Lands and the assault on Native Cultures.

Today, Thursday, November 22, 2007 hundreds of people will gather and march on Plymouth Harbor and join in solidarity as various tribal elders and members speak of the importance of Unity among all Indigenous Peoples.

Elder Bert Waters will read the following statement from Leonard Peltier:

National Day of Mourning Statement from Leonard Peltier:

November 22, 2007

Greetings my Relations, As I sit here in my cell, thinking about you, and gathering my thoughts, I can’t help but appreciate you remembering me.

I was told just the other day that people in Oklahoma protested Oklahoma’s 100 year celebration of its statehood.

They protested or demonstrated and also celebrated their 100 years of survival of an adversed government that has violated all treaties and has gained control of most of their land.

I support those Indian people.

It also brings to mind those who – like Columbus came and did the same, take our lands, and also what has happened to all people all over the world- the Jews, the Palestians, as well as other indigenous countries and peoples.

Yet I have to say that America shares most of the responsibility to do the right thing.

What happened to the teachings or commandments of: Thou shall not lie Thou shall not kill Thou shall not steal

I can’t remember all the commandments but what I do know is They have lied They have killed They have stolen.

They have mistreated our Mother- our Mother Earth, our rivers, our land, the air we breathe and the water we drink.

I consider global warming the wrong that has been done to our people.

Even the Mexican people state in their own way, “We did not cross the border, the border crossed us”. The Mexican people are Indian people. I have no doubt the Indian people of South America, North America, Central American will join in unison to make all the America’s better.

A circle of Life is what dictates that the earth shall renew itself every spring. We have said this for generations.

Go back and read our Elders sayings as we have been trying to tell Europeans that came here- to honor
our traditional ways and to honor our Mother Earth and keep the Circle of Life.

Chief Seattle said: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” Chief Seattle, 1855

This is just one of the many quotations from our ancestors.

Now today we have global warming.

We take no pride of solace in saying ” We told you so.”

But we do hope that the people of Europe and all around the world will start looking at the Native way of life.

Our Elders teach us that when we take from this earth, we must give back.

There is no greater resource on the face of this earth than our children.

America is leading in the wrongful influence of our youth.

Wrong medicine is being offered to our youth, commonly called alcohol and drugs.

It is up to each one of us, to get involved and make a difference in a positive way.

It is time to give back to our children.

I encourage each of you to take it upon yourself to stand up and find someway to help our youth.

The youth of the world are in jeopardy; let us not rob future generations of their future.

The greatest symbol of the Creator is the circle.

I encourage each of you to make the circle complete- the sacred cycle of the family, the cycle of the seasons, your personal cycle of life make them as strong as possible spiritually, mentally and physically.

Stay strong and never, never give up.

I can not say it enough or express my appreciation to each of you how much I appreciate those of you who came here today to remember me and to listen to what this prisoner has to say.

Again I simply say,

Thank you In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Leonard Peltier

#89637-132

USP Lewisburg PA

PO BOX 1000

Lewisburg ,PA 17837

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Toni Zeidan-Co-director LPDC

Website:
http://www.leonardpeltier.net
email:
info@leonardpeltier.net

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About yoopernewsman

I am a news reporter, writer and investigative journalist and began my career about 40 years ago as a young teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during the middle of high school. I'm a news reporter, writer & investigative journalist specializing in street news, plus Indigenous, civil rights & environment reporting. Currently volunteer media advisor for numerous American Indian & environment related nonprofits that include the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ & its executive director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute (CTI) in Marquette, MI & its many projects founded by Rev. Jon Magnuson, Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI, Celtic Christianity Today (CCT) founded by Rev. Dr. George Cairns, the Turtle Island Project founded by pastors Hubbard & Cairns. In its third summer, the CTI Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project & its volunteers built a16-foot geodesic dome solar-powered greenhouse that was built in this summer at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) in an effort to restore native species plants to northern Michigan. It's located at the tribe's Natural Resources Department north of L'Anse along Lake Superior. During the summer of 2010, Zaagkii Project teens built & painted 25 beautiful reliquaries that are boxes made from pine & cedar that are used to store seeds for planting & included samples of Native American medicine including sweetgrass, cedar, sage & tobacco. From April-June 2009, I promoted the EarthKeeper Tree Project that planted 12,000 trees across northern Michigan. Co-edited "Unafraid," the second book by Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI that was printed in May 2009 based on her father's handwritten sermons she found in shoebox. I edited numerous videos for nonprofit CCT. Began career 35 years ago as teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during middle of high school. I was co-coordinator of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by local media who didn't report anything positive about the music icon. Mr. Terence Dicks was the other co-coordinator & most recently served as chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission and serves on the Georgia Clients Council. Mr. Brown taught us to "fight the good fight" by battling all forms of racism & evil while not uttering a bad word about those who try to block justice, respect, fairness & kindness to all. As a child, I lived in the Harbert, Michigan home built by late poet Carl Sandburg, where the legendary author penned some of his greatest works including his Chicago works & Lincoln papers. The four-story home had a sundeck on the top & a cool walk-in safe in the basement. The neighborhood (Birchwood) has numerous cottages used for other purposes by Sandburg like the milk house where they milked goats. My parents remodeled fourth floor of the home that stands atop the Lake Michigan sand dunes/bluffs. They found items that belonged to Mr. Sandburg concealed in the walls including prescription bottles with his name, reading glasses, & a small, thin metal stamp with his name. I've worked for dozens of newspapers & radio & TV stations in GA & MI. I'm volunteer media advisor for several interfaith environmental projects involving Native Americans across Upper Peninsula of MI including the Turtle Island Project, The Zaagkii Project, the Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative, EarthKeeper Initiative & the Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project. The Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project restores bee & butterfly habitat to help pollination of plants following death of billions of bees. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community youth & Marquette teens built butterfly houses, planted/distributed 26,000 native plants to help pollinators. The Earth Healing Initiative assisted EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge. EHI helped organize interfaith participation across eight states for the 100 plus recycling projects (April 2008) involving recycling millions of pounds of electronic waste & proper disposal of millions of pills/pharmaceuticals. EPA goals were exceeded by 500%. Under an EPA grant, EHI provided free media services for the cities/groups/tribes including videos & press releases. The EarthKeeper environment projects include an annual Earth Day Clean Sweep (2005-2007) at 24 free drop-off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan that collected over 370 tons of household hazardous waste. The 2007 EarthKeeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep collected over one ton of drugs plus $500,000 in narcotics in only three hours. Some 2,000 residents participated & many brought in pharmaceuticals for their family, friends & neighbors. In 2006, 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones & other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons & vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project teaches teens to respect nature & themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to remote lakes & streams in northern Michigan to plant/care for wild rice. The teens test water quality to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. The Turtle Island Project was co-founded in July 2007 by Rev. Lynn Hubbard of Rock Point, AR (Ex. Dir. of the Navajo Lutheran Mission) & Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, IN, United Church of Christ minister & research professor for the Chicago Theological Seminary. TIP promotes respect for culture & heritage of indigenous peoples like American Indians. TIP is a platform for American Indians to be heard unedited by whites. Rev. Hubbard says whites don't have the knowledge or right to speak on behalf of Native Americans. I specialize in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops & courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the books "Illusions" & "Jonathon Livingston Seagull." Love to fish, hunt, camp & skydive. Belong to Delta Chi national fraternity. I was active in Junior Achievement, band played cornet. With my dear friend, the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, we were the co-coordinators of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by the local media who found no reasons to print or report anything positive about the music icon. I am honored to help the human rights activist Terence Dicks - with some of his projects including the nonprofit Georgia Center for Children and Education - and the economic initiative he founded titled "Claiming A Street Named King." I am the volunteer media advisor for several environmental projects across Michigan's Upper Peninsula including EarthKeeper II - an Initiative of the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI. EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Goals: Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Previously known as the Earth Keeper Initiative - that project included many environmental projects including an annual Earth Day Clean sweep at two dozen free drop off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan. The target of the 2007 Earth Keeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep are all kinds of medicines. In 2006, some 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones and other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons and vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project taught at-risk teens (just sentenced in juvenile court) to respect nature and themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to very remote lakes and streams in northern Michigan to plant and care for wild rice. The teens conducted water quality and other tests to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. I have always specialized in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops and courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the book "Illusions."
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3 Responses to Unedited Message from Leonard Peltier

  1. pistolpete says:

    Wow! Leonard Peltier. I had no idea he was still alive. I remember as a sophomore in college (1983) wearing a “Free Peltier” button as I marched through the streets of Louisville, KY. I had no idea who Peltier was or exactly why I was marching, but it sure felt good. Anyway, I wish Peltier well. May justice be done.

  2. Hey thanks for the letter. May justice one day be done and Peltier released. I put a link up to this blog on the Indigenous Issues Today site. Thanks again for spreading the word.

  3. alputt says:

    fffrreee lenard peltier
    he’s 65 pluse wat did he do ”they say he killed these two fbi agent but u got proof ”
    they dont have any real evidence just allegations so just free the man tim served

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