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Excerpt: "The spiritual power of the place explains why members of the American Indian Movement took it over in 1973 to call the nation’s attention to the economic and cultural injustices against our Native brothers and sisters.
"Now, our heritage is in danger of becoming a real-estate transaction, another parcel of what once was our land auctioned off to the highest bidder. The cries of our murdered people still echo off the barren hills — the cries we remember in our hearts every day of our lives. But they may finally be drowned out by bulldozers and the ka-ching of commerce.
"The Wounded Knee site passed from the Oglala into private hands through the process known as allotment, begun in the late 1800s, by which the federal government divided land among the Indians and gave other parcels to non-Indians. The idea was to shift control of our land from the collective to the individual and to teach the Lakota and other Native Americans the foreign notion of ownership. But to us, the policy was just another form of theft.
"The private owner of the Wounded Knee site, who has held title to the 40-acre plot since 1968, wants to sell it for $3.9 million. If the Oglala of Pine Ridge don’t buy it by May 1, it will be sold at auction.
"The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is one of the poorest places in the United States, and the Oglala, who are deeply in debt, would be hard-pressed to meet the price. Many elders properly ask why any price should be paid at all. The federal government should buy this land and President Obama should then preserve it as a national monument — just as he did last month at five federally owned sites around the country, including one in Maryland honoring Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad."Excerpt: "The spiritual power of the place explains why members of the American... more
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The Tar Sands protest has rekindled my love for American Indian music. This should be an amazing music lounge! Remember the Hawaiians and even non-Indian artists…..The Tar Sands protest has rekindled my love for American Indian music. This should be... more
America is known to be fearful of a man... a man whose image is so powerful that he is to be kept under control at all times. To accede to his demands would be to cause a loss of respect for the law. This man is not Osama bin Ladan. This man is American... Native American... this man is Leonard Peltier.
A shootout over a pair of stolen shoes - its as crazy as it sounds - left two FBI - yes it seems the FBI investigate stolen shoes in America! - resulted from a car chase into the Pine Ridge camp, and one Native American was killed also. No one was jailed for his murder.
The AIM (American Indian Movement) people escpaed in a story straight out of a movie, while encircled, they followed an eagle in an act of blind faith that led them to an underground waterway through which they escaped the cordon.
Peltier got arrested, tried and sentenced, and though it cannot be proved his bullets killed the officers, he got the blame.
The AIM were in the camp due to a power struggle within the tribe, and there are many stories and counter stories between both factions of deeds dome by the other side. For all that is said Peltier done prior to the shootout, he was never charged or tried with anything. He was tried and condemned in the wrong for something that he did not do. Every parole application has been refused - the latest in 2009, though he is a prisoner of good behaviour. He is in failing health.
http://www.SpiritofPeltier.comAmerica is known to be fearful of a man... a man whose image is so powerful that he is... more
Leonard Peltier's first full parole hearing was held in 1993, at which time his case was continued for a 15-year reconsideration. Mr. Peltier has recently applied for and been granted a parole hearing. The hearing is scheduled for July 28, 2009. All supporters are encouraged to step up their efforts in support of parole for Leonard Peltier.
Below is our suggested letter for you to send. It is critical that everyone write - no matter where you are in the world. Please invite others you know to write letters as well.
Thank you. Your voice has never been more important for Leonard than now. He needs you - your heart, your writing...
Pray or whatever your practice with the Creator is - for Leonard and freedom....the time has come, for our action, and his freedom.
The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Blvd., Ste. 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132
I am writing in behalf of support for Parole for Leonard Peltier. While I am aware of the seriousness of the conviction, I am also aware that people have the ability to go forward out of the past and give to the larger society. I believe that is the case with Leonard Peltier.
I ask you to consider the humanitarian work he has done during his 33 years of incarceration. More than most people can ever do who are not locked up.
I ask you to consider his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for the 6th straight year. There are those who make light of this, but who else among us have had that honor.
He consistently donates his art work for charities such as battered women's shelters, halfway houses, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and Native American scholarship funds.
Mr. Peltier has won several awards including the North Star Frederick Douglas Award; Federation of Labor (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He has expressed sadness for the tragedy that occurred that day at Oglala and pain for the families of the two agents and the Indian man that died that day.
Thirty-three years is a long time. I ask you to look with empathy upon a 64 year-old man who, over the 33 years, has done so much good while in prison, and I think has the ability to do even more good for the community if he were to be allowed parole.
While I know of the misconduct by government officials in his case, I will not bring details up because I am certain that you are aware of the misconduct, and will consider that as you have the discretion to rule above or below the guidelines. I would hope that you will exercise that discretion in favor of Leonard Peltier. It seems to me it would be a gross miscarriage of justice if he were left to die in prison.
Please grant parole.
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I know in other countries, prisoners who have been held by their government have been placed in house arrest after they have attained international support as I have. If the BOP cannot guarantee my safety to the extent the prisoners here can, then I demand to be returned to my nation, Turtle Mountain, where I can be assured of my safety!
Turtle Mountain has issued a resolution to transfer me into their custody, and they have asked to meet with Obama on a nation-to-nation basis. This has to happen and it will when a lot of energy is placed behind it. In the past 18 days your efforts brought me out of the hole and to where there is a measure of safety.
Again, I want to thank everyone who wrote, called and emailed. My hand in appreciation is extended to those who have held rallies and protests on my behalf to call attention to the attack on me. I also extend my gratitude to Cynthia McKinney, former congresswoman for her recent letter to President Obama urging him to free other political prisoners and myself. In all these years, there have been so many people who have prayed for my safety and freedom from all faiths. There is power in those prayers and that is what I know will bring about my freedom. I can feel something different this time, and many others have expressed the same thought to me. So when you pray, don’t pray only for me, but the warriors of AIM who have died for our people, the victims of the “Reign of Terror” on Pine Ridge, and other victims who has suffered as we have. Pray for their families as well. They must not be forgotten and they must have justice!I know in other countries, prisoners who have been held by their government have been... more
The official film preview of The Longest Walk, a feature-length documentary that will be hitting the screens in the next 12 months _ (www.longestwalk.org) The Longest Walk 2 took place this year from February 11 to July 11, from San Francisco to D.C. as Native american activists, Buddhist monks and spirit warriors of all walks of life marched to commemorate the original Longest Walk of 1978. 30 years later, we walked to raise awareness about environmental issues, the protection of sacred sites and the cleaning of Mother Earth. The official film preview of The Longest Walk, a feature-length documentary that will... more
The American Indian Movement (AIM), is an Indian activist organization in the United States. AIM burst onto the international scene with its seizure of the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1972 and the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
AIM was co founded in Minneapolis in 1968 by Dennis Banks, George Mitchell, Herb Powless, Clyde Bellecourt, Eddie Benton-Banai, and many others in the Native American community, almost 200 total. Russell Means was another early leader.
In the decades since AIM’s founding, the group has led protests advocating Indigenous American interests, inspired cultural renewal, monitored police activities and coordinated employment programs in cities and in rural reservation communities across the United States. AIM has often supported other indigenous interests outside the United States, as well.
AIM’s original mission included protecting indigenous people from police abuse, using CB radios and police scanners to get to the scenes of alleged crimes involving indigenous people before or as police arrived, for the purpose of documenting or preventing police brutality.
As is true with many national liberation movements (PLO, African National Congress), ideological differences emerged within AIM over the years. In 1993, AIM split into two main factions, each claiming that it was the authentic inheritor of the AIM tradition, and that the other had betrayed the original principles of the movement.
One group, based in Minneapolis, MN and associated with the Bellecourts, is known as the AIM-Grand Governing Council , while the other segment of the movement, led by, among others, Russell Means, was named AIM-International Confederation of Autonomous Chapters - Excerpts:
Guest: Steve Blake (Red Lake Ahnishinahbaeotjibway), Director, Twin Cities American Indian Movement
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IN THE SPIRIT OF LEONARD PELTIER VISIONS OF US PRISONER #89637-132 Date: Thursday January 31st, 7:00 pm Location: El Museo…
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Go to link to read news and most recent letter from American Indian Imprisoned Leader Leonard Peltier who reminds us,
"Our people have told them from the very beginning about the consequences of mistreatment of individuals and mistreatment of Mother Earth.
There are history books that quote our chief headmen and medicine people cautioning
them about there destruction of the earth and nature.
We know the first concentration camps America ever had held Indian prisoners.
The first biological warfare was used on our people with poisonous blankets.
The first atomic bomb dropped was dropped on Indian land in Nevada.
Today there are abandoned uranium quarries in
Navajo country that cause genetic defects on a lot of their people.
When you look into the past, America has used us Indians as their social experiment.
They tried to destroy us with boarding schools,
relocation, and even the first slavery practice was with American people."
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From | the narcosphere - posted by Brenda Norrell.
The International Indian Treaty Council and Longest Walk's human right forum
EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois – The International Indian Treaty Council and the Longest Walk focused on human rights as inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples, as the walkers arrived for prayers at Cahokia Mounds and the St. Louis Arch, the gateway to the west.
For the Longest Walkers on the northern route, it was the gateway to the east, marking the completion of three-fourths of their sacred walk for Mother Earth. Walkers left Alcatraz Island on Feb. 11 and will arrive in Washington D.C. on July 11. Of the 3,600-mile trek, only 860 miles remain.
Speaking during the human rights forum at Southern Illinois University on May 9, Andrea Carmen, executive director of the International Indian Treaty Council, described the evolution of this new era of Indigenous Peoples rights.
Carmen recalled the words of survivors.....
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Welcome to the AIM Multimedia Archive - Video
Lots of interesting and informative videos of leaders in the American Indian Movement.
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American Indian leader Lakotah Russell Means from Pine Ridge, South Dakota explains why he and many of us abhor the term "Native American."
Check out Russell Means' informative website at www.russellmeans.com
From Charleen Touchette, Oppressionist Artist recruited by Russell Means in 2006, for TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.com
HAVE LAND? THANK AN INDIAN
You can get a tee-shirt with the wise words above at www.nativeharvest.comAmerican Indian leader Lakotah Russell Means from Pine Ridge, South Dakota explains... more