Friday, July 1, 2016

Leonard Peltier 'Obama is my last hope for freedom'

June 26, 2016

Letter from Leonard Peltier

Sisters, brothers, friends and supporters:
June 26th marks 41 years since the long summer day when three young men were killed at the home of the Jumping Bull family, near Oglala, during a firefight in which I and dozens of others participated. While I did not shoot (and therefore did not kill) FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, I nevertheless have great remorse for the loss of their young lives, the loss of my friend Joe Stuntz, and for the grieving of their loved ones. I would guess that, like me, many of my brothers and sisters who were there that day wish that somehow they could have done something to change what happened and avoid the tragic outcome of the shootout.
This is not something I have thought about casually and then moved on.  It's something I think about every day. As I look back, I remember the expressions of both fear and courage on the faces of my brothers and sisters as we were being attacked. We thought we were going to be killed! We defended our elders and children as they scattered for protection and to escape. Native people have experienced such assaults for centuries, and the historical trauma of the generations was carried by the people that day -- and in the communities that suffered further trauma in the days that followed the shootout, as the authorities searched for those of us who had escaped the Jumping Bull property.
As the First Peoples of Turtle Island, we live with daily reminders of the centuries of efforts to terminate our nations, eliminate our cultures, and destroy our relatives and families. To this day, everywhere we go there are reminders -- souvenirs and monuments of the near extermination of a glorious population of Indigenous Peoples.  Native Peoples as mascots, the disproportionately high incarceration of our relatives, the appropriation of our culture, the never-ending efforts to take even more of Native Peoples' land, and the poisoning of that land all serve as reminders of our history as survivors of a massive genocide. We live with this trauma every day. We breathe, eat and drink it. We pass it on to our children. And we struggle to overcome it.
Like so many Native children, I was ripped away from my family at the age of 9 or so and taken away to get the "Indian" out of me at a boarding school. At that time, Native Peoples were not able to speak our own languages for fear of being beaten or worse. Our men's long hair, which is an important part of our spiritual life, was forcibly cut off in an effort to shame us. Our traditional names were replaced by new European-American names.  These efforts to force our assimilation continue today. Not long ago, I remember, a Menominee girl was punished and banned from playing on the school's basketball team because she taught a classmate how to say "hello" and "I love you" in her Native language.  We hear stories all the time about athletes and graduates who face opposition to wearing their hair long or having a feather in their cap.
With this little bit of my personal history in mind, I think it is understandable that I would then, as a young person in the 1960's and 70's, be active in the Indigenous struggle to affirm our human, civil, and treaty rights. Our movement was a spiritual one to regain our ceremonies and traditions and to exercise our sovereignty as native or tribal nations. For over 100 years some of our most important ceremonies could not be held. We could not sing our songs or dance to our drum. When my contemporaries and I were activists, there were no known sun dances. Any ceremony that took place had to be hidden for fear of reprisals.  One of our roles as activists for the welfare of our Peoples was to create space and protection for Native peoples who were trying to reconnect to our ancient cultures and spiritual life. This was dangerous and deadly. It meant putting our lives on the line because people who participated in these ceremonies, and people who stood up for our elders and our traditional way of life, were brutally beaten, killed or disappeared.  Paramilitary groups and death squads ruled some reservations and each day was a battle. If an uninvited, unknown or unrecognized vehicle pulled up to your house, the first reaction was that you were being visited by someone who meant to do you harm in some way. This was learned behavior on the reservations. This was excruciatingly true in the 1970's.
Hey, I don't want to be all doom and gloom here. I see over the decades that in some important ways, life has improved for our Peoples. President Obama's extraordinary efforts to forge a strong relationship with our Tribal Nations is good cause for a new sense of optimism that our sovereignty is more secure. By exercising our sovereignty, life for our people might improve. We might begin to heal and start the long journey to move past the trauma of the last 500 years. But what will we do if the next Administration rolls back those gains made over the past 8 years?
I often receive questions in letters from supporters about my health. Yes, this last year has been particularly stressful for me and my family. My health issues still have not been thoroughly addressed, and I still have not gotten the results of the MRI done over a month ago for the abdominal aortic aneurysm.
As the last remaining months of President Obama's term pass by, my anxiety increases. I believe that this President is my last hope for freedom, and I will surely die here if I am not released by January 20, 2017. So I ask you all again, as this is the most crucial time in the campaign to gain my freedom, please continue to organize public support for my release, and always follow the lead of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do on my behalf.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse…
Leonard Peltier

What YOU can do:  Call President Obama for Leonard Peltier: 202-456-1111; email President Obama:; post a comment on Obama's Facebook page:; send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS; and/or write a letter: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123


12 April 2016
Contact:  Peter Clark, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, 202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM  87106, (505) 217-3612;
Leonard Peltier nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for seventh time
Native American activist Leonard Peltier has again been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and for the seventh time. 
"Despite numerous barriers, my uncle has made remarkable contributions to humanitarian and charitable causes," stated Kari Ann Boushee, co-director, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
An innocent man, Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1977. Imprisoned for over 40 years—currently at the federal prison in Coleman, Florida—Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International. Over 50 Members of Congress and others—including Judge Gerald Heaney (8th Circuit Court of Appeals) who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier's appeals—have all called for his immediate release. Peltier also is an accomplished author and painter.
Appellate courts have repeatedly acknowledged evidence of government misconduct in the Peltier case—including knowingly presenting false statements to a Canadian court to extradite Mr. Peltier to the United States, and forcing witnesses to lie at trial.  The federal prosecutor has twice admitted that the government "can't prove who shot those agents."
According to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals "the FBI used improper tactics in securing Peltier's extradition from Canada and in otherwise investigating and trying the Peltier case."  The court concluded that the government withheld evidence from the defense favorable to Peltier "which cast a strong doubt on the government's case," and that had this other evidence been brought forth "there is a possibility that a jury would have acquitted Leonard Peltier." 
Along with being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize at least six times previously (2004–2009), Mr. Peltier's humanitarian work has earned him numerous awards and distinctions. 
For decades, Peltier has enjoyed the support of Nobel Laureates including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who recently joined with other Nobel Laureates Mairead Maguire, Ireland (1976), Jody Williams, USA (1997), Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Argentina (1980), Shirin Ebadi, Iran (2003), Tawakkol Karman, Yemen (2011), and Rigoberta MenchĂș Tum, Guatemala (1992) in asking that President Obama commute the sentences of the aging and ailing Peltier.
At 71 years, Peltier suffers from serious medical problems that impair his ability to walk, see, and conduct normal life activities. He suffers from severe diabetes, hypertension and a heart condition, and was recently diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Peltier's 1993 application for clemency was denied in 2009 by then President George W. Bush as one of his last official acts in office.  Mr. Peltier formally re-applied for a commutation on February 17th and awaits President Obama's decision.
 "More than most, my uncle understands the importance of reconciliation, forgiveness and peaceful collaboration in order to advance and preserve human rights for all. He's dedicated his life to preserving his Native culture, tribal sovereignty, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples," said Ms. Boushee. "He's deeply honored to be nominated for such a prestigious award."
The Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, will announce this year's Peace Prize recipient in October.
What YOU can do:  Call President Obama for Leonard Peltier: 202-456-1111; email President Obama:; post a comment on Obama's Facebook page:; send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS; and/or write a letter: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Photos Free Leonard Peltier Rally Reno


Photos by Western Shoshone Buck Sampson
Reno, Nevada
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
RENO, Nevada -- The American Indian Movement marched in downtown Reno today, urging President Obama to grant clemency to imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier.
Buck Sampson, Western Shoshone, said, "With our AIM flags, songs, posters and banners, we prayed and marched to the federal court house."
"We marched around it and marched back to where we began and said a thank you prayer."
Sampson said there was a good turn out from AIM from Southern California in LA and Northern Nevada Chapters.

Sihasin Summer Tour 2016

contact: Berta Benally

Sihasin, the multi award winning rock duo from the Navajo Nation, is excited to announce their coast to coast summer tour schedule.
For over 20 years brother and sister Jeneda and Clayson Benally were the heartbeat of the critically acclaimed Native American punk band Blackfire. Their songs of resistance caught on around the world with Joey and CJ Ramone, Cyril Neville, producer Ed Stasium and countless others.
In their new band Sihasin (Hope in the Navajo language) Jeneda and Clayson have created an explosive sound out of just bass and drums inspiring their listeners with a hard punk backbone softened by folk, world, traditional and kept thumping by pop.
Sihasin has recently been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Arizona Highways, Le Figaro Magazine, The View, and countless other radio and press.
Their credits include the 2013 Best Rock album at the Indian Summer Music Awards, 2014 Debut Group winner at the Native American Music Awards, 2014 Rockwired Magazine Editors Choice and more.
Their tour starts on Wednesday July 13th at the OMNI COMMONS Ballroom in Oakland, Calif. 4799 Shattuck. On Thursday July 14th Sihasin is the opening act for World Fest in Grass Valley Calif. Also performing on Friday at World Fest along with their traditional Navajo Dance Troupe The Jones Benally Family, In Schaumburg Illinois on Tuesday July 19th at the Trickster Gallery, 190 S.Roselle Rd. Schaumburg 60193, Friday July 22-24th at the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg N.Y., Tuesday July 26th at the Project Destiny of Faith in Pittsburgh Pa. 3737 Brighton Rd. Pittsburgh PA. 5P.M. Community concert, Saturday, July 30th The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa Oklahoma 2P.M. Free concert and in Flagstaff Ariz. On August 6-7th at The Museum Of Northern Arizona Navajo Show. Please check or Facebook for further information.

Berta Benally

Thursday, June 30, 2016

107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators


107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Apologies for the short interval but we could not resist writing up this short story.

Published today (July 1st 2016) on Independent Science News:

107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators
by Jonathan Latham, PhD

Synopsis: When 107 Nobel Laureates demanded that Greenpeace cease its opposition to GMOs and "golden rice", no one in the press seems to have asked if the event was organised by the biotech industry. They should have.

Best wishes


Jonathan Latham, PhD
Executive Director
The Bioscience Resource Project
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

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Peace and Dignity Runners at Hungry Valley

Photos by Buck Sampson, Western Shoshone
Censored News

Peace and Dignity Runners arrive at Hungry Valley Indian Community near Reno, Nevada today. Runners are on their way to Pyramid Lake Paiute next. The journey ultimately meets runners coming up from South America. The ceremonial run has runners beginning in Alaska and Argentina, then joining together in Panama.
Read more of Peace and Dignity Journey:

Photos copyright Buck Sampson, Censored News

Mohawk Nation News 'Electrified Genocide'

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Western Shoshone: 'No' to Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain

Resilience Run: Tribute to Pueblo Revolt of 1680


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