Lenard Needs Our Help!

Please read and do what is right. Please forward it to family and friends.

Peace and Blessings to All.

Leonard Peltier’s first full parole hearing was held in 1993, at
which time his case was continued for a 15-year reconsideration. On
Wednesday, it was announced (in Portland, OR) that Mr. Peltier has
recently applied for and been granted a parole hearing. The hearing
is scheduled for July 27, 2009. All supporters are encouraged to
step up their efforts in support of parole for Leonard Peltier.

Letters in Support of Parole

It is really important that everyone write letters in support of
Leonard’s petition for parole. These letters can be quite simple
and should cover the basic points important for parole decisions. A
sample letter follows. Feel free to use it, but know that it’s even
better if you write one in your own words. Be courteous and concise.

Get as many people to sign similar letters, as well. Carry a sheaf of
spare letters with you. Get one signature per letter, that is, rather
than using a petition format. Mail them to the Parole Commission,
but also send copies to the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
(contact information below).

Guidelines for General Supporters

First, we ask that you sign the online at
http://www.msplinks.com/http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/parole2008/.

Next, draft correspondence to the U.S. Parole Commission. A sample
letter follows.

Sample Letter

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
(Insert Date)

Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Dear Commissioners,

Convicted in connection with the deaths on June 26, 1975, of
Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, agents of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Mr. Leonard Peltier remains imprisoned at the United
States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

The court record in this case clearly shows that government
prosecutors have long held that they do not know who killed Mr. Coler
and Mr. Williams nor what role Leonard Peltier “may have” played
in the tragic shoot-out.

Further, in a decision filed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
on December 18, 2002, Mr. Peltier’s sentences “were imposed in
violation of [Peltier’s] due process rights because they were based
on information that was false due to government misconduct,” and,
according to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in 2003: “.Much
of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its
prosecution of Leonard Peltier is to be condemned. The government
withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not
disputed.”

Despite these admissions, Leonard Peltier has served over 33 years
in prison.

After careful consideration of the facts in Leonard Peltier’s case,
I have concluded that Leonard Peltier does not represent a risk to
the public. First, Leonard Peltier has no prior convictions and has
advocated for non-violence throughout his prison term. Furthermore,
Leonard Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent
evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He
continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to
lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively,
disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive
writer. Although Leonard Peltier maintains that he did not kill
the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over
their deaths.

Most admirably, Mr. Peltier contributes regular support to those
in need. He donates his paintings to charities including battered
women’s shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment
programs, and Native American scholarship funds. He also coordinates
an annual holiday gift drive for the children of the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation.

Leonard Peltier is widely recognized for his good deeds and in
turn has won several awards including the North Star Frederick
Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of
the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International
Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime
Achievement. Mr. Peltier also has been nominated for the Nobel
Peace Prize six times.

Leonard Peltier is now over 60 years of age-a great-grandfather-and
suffers from partial blindness, diabetes, a heart condition, and
high blood pressure..

I recognize the grave nature of the events of June 26, 1975,
and I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of those who
died that day. However, I find aspects of this case to also be of
concern and I believe Leonard Peltier deserves to be reunited with
his family and allowed to live the remaining years of his life in
peace. I also believe that, rather than presenting a threat to the
public, Mr. Peltier’s release would help to heal a wound that has
long impeded better relations between the federal government and
American Indians.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Signature

(Your Name)
(Your Street Address)
(Your City, State, and Zip Code)

For Family and Friends

As with any professional correspondence, your support letter should
be on letterhead (if you have Microsoft Word or another similar
program you can easily create professional-looking letterhead from
a template). The letterhead should include all of your contact
information including your name, address, phone number(s) and e-mail
address if applicable.

Describe your relationship with Leonard — how do you know him, for
how long, etc. Write about his character, and his accomplishments
both before and during imprisonment. Discuss improvements made
since being incarcerated such as education and his philanthropic
work. Discuss Leonard’s positive attitude and, despite his innocence,
the fact that he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over the
deaths that occurred on June 26, 1975.

Finish your support letter by telling the Parole Board how you
will support Leonard once he is granted parole. Your support might
be financial, such as a place to live, use of a vehicle, or help
finding job offers. Your support can also be emotional such as
providing advice and encouragement.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUPPORTERS: When you write a letter in support
of Leonard’s parole, mail the letter directly to the U.S. Parole
Commission, but also please send a copy of your correspondence to
the Peltier Legal Team, c/o LP-DOC, P.O. Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.
Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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Update On Pine Ridge Snowstorm

Pine Ridge Update
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I wanted to thanks everyone for your help so far, I did get this email this morning. Yesterday, I was at the univeristy here, load supplies to take. The students helped alot, from this email I see more is still neeeded, and will be going and getting the things most needed. I sent all donations so far for propane, but now will get the things here needed.  For the next few days, I will buy these supplies, for those who wnat you can send them to this address below or I will take all donations I get and buy as much as possible, so if you can’t send them you can donate through this site, and I will be sending them.  You can also buy heaters for $20.00!  Send one to keep a family warm!  You can get these directly from amazon.

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Here is the info I got, and it it reputable. Here is the copy.

I have just received this reply from an email friend. I have deleted
her email addy and name (except for initials). This is the latest
info I have.
…Churches of any denomination should be willing to help…we know
the mainstream media will not even address this issue, but WE can
make sure they know about it and demand they report on it…people
are dying, it doesn’t matter what race…they need our help.
I will let you know as I receive any further information.

Subject: SIOUX NATION
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:42:50 -0600
I have received info from Lakota, Ogala Sioux. It is bad. There are
over 1900 power poles down, no electricity, no firewood, running out
of propane, There are snow drifts 20-30′ deep in some places making
it virtually impossible to enter the areas with any vehicles much
less on foot.

The National Guard is helping some…and I understand that the Red
Cross may be there.
Here is the address to send either Donations, new blankets, baby
food, diapers, Wet wipes for cleansing, new baby blankets, or food
stuffs that are not perishable. The higher that you go upward the
worse it gets. Hwy # 44 to Wounded Knee to Porpucine, Kyle is very
bad, Wmblee and Katoka are suffering.
These are all in the path of the blizzard.
Sanitary napkins would be very beneficial for someone to send, also
Fat candles.

Vice Chairman of the Ogalala Sioux Tribe
C/O Bob Ecoffey
P O Box 1203
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
(605) 867-5396

My contact doesn’t want his name smeared over the internet, however,
I will tell you that these men flew with him and his crews putting
out the fires there a couple of years ago and these men care about
their people and their lands. They are trustworthy. Fire chief said
that these men named in the address are the best to handle the
incoming packages etc. I would suggest that should anyone want to
send something, that they state which reservation that they want it
go to i. e. Porcupine, Wounded Knee, etc. etc. “B” did send an
overnight check to them for $1,000 so that will help some. They will
have to fly firewood in to them, they cannot get there via road. You
might tell the people that are truly interested in helping where to
send the packages to the address above. It took “B” several days to
get in touch. Some phones are out along with the electricity.

All of the elderly that were in harms way have been moved out and
those that were very sick. All have been accounted for so that is a
blessing.

Much prayer is needed for the people. This ought not to be in this
nation!!!!

IT WILL ALL COME TOGETHER, IT ALWAYS DOES. PEACE BE WITH YOU.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World
War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Einstein
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Pine Ridge Needs Help Now!

 

Where is the Red Cross?  Where is FEMA?  Where is the National Guard?
The Lakota Reservation in South Dakota has been struck with a huge,
early season snow storm. Elderly people are without propane, there is
a great lack of food, medicine and warm winter clothing.

According tho the president of the Reservation, the State of South
Dakota is doing almost nothing. The roads are still not plowed and
people are dieing.

They need our help in way of wood, propane, warm winter clothing,
food and assistance with plows.

If you are in the area and have the heart to help these folks, go to
the Porcupine School or call 605-867-1111.

If you can, send money, call and get details on arrangements. If you
can send materials, as this is going to be a long winter for the sick
the elderly and the children, the address is

Republic of Lakotah
P.O. Box 99
Porucupine, SD 57772

Winters are brutal in this area, and this one is worse than they can
deal with. Any and all help will be remembered by the people for
their entire lives, and lives is what this is about.

Please, with our Holidays coming, help these people NOW while we can
still help. People are dieing right now.

Feel free to contact John for more information.

John Stroebel
PO 166 Centennial Wyoming 82055
307-745-3493

Some startling facts about the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:

  • 80% unemployment.
  • Poorest county in the USA. Average family income is just $3,700 per year.
  • High rates of alcoholism, heart disease, and cancer.
  • Extremely high rate of diabetes. Almost half of the population over 40 on the Pine Ridge Reservation have diabetes.
  • Life expectancy for men is 48 years.  Life expectancy for women is 52.
  • Highest infant mortality rate in the USA.

NARA will continue to help Pine Ridge, even after this crisis.  We will conitue to do the backpacks for children and take doantions to send to the People.  You can find the backpack project on our website.

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